Liverpool: Mark Lawrenson expects Kenny Dalglish to stay

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish

Mark Lawrenson expects Kenny Dalglish to continue as Liverpool manager after the Scot met with the club's owners in the United States.

Dalglish held talks with owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner to give a full report of the Reds' season.

They won the Carling Cup and reached the FA Cup final but finished eighth in the Premier League.

"My gut feeling is that he'll be OK in terms of his job," ex-Liverpool player Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I'd be very surprised if he'd gone over to Boston and they said they didn't want him. This meeting was always scheduled.

"He has to give a written report on the way the season went. It was always going to be in Boston."

Dalglish told Fenway Sports Group where he feels the Reds' season went wrong.

But the manager, who initially took over on a short-term basis in January last year, insisted he would never step aside as long as he believes he is the best man for the job.

BBC football analyst Lawrenson, who was Dalglish's Anfield team-mate in the 1980s, feels Liverpool's cup success helped the manager's prospects.

He added: "Maybe they had a conversation asking whether he wanted to continue managing or whether he wanted to go back upstairs where he was before.

"I can't believe for the life of me that they would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you'.

"The league position was very poor indeed but two cup finals and one win has probably helped him."