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Has Dalglish been left exposed?

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Chairman Tom Werner told Liverpool's official website that the Board has "great confidence" in manager Kenny Dalglish in the wake of the departure of Director of Football Damien Comolli today.

But the more deviously minded might just spot that Comolli's departure leaves Dalglish more exposed. Until now he could point the finger at Comolli in regard to some of the under-performing signings this season.But not anymore.

Liverpool's 2011 buys
•Luis Suarez (£22.8m)
•Andy Carroll (£35m)
•Jordan Henderson (£16m)
•Charlie Adam (£8m)
•Stewart Downing (£20m)
•Alexander Doni (Free)
•Jose Enrique (£5m)
•Sebastian Coates (£6m)
•Craig Bellamy (Free)
•Total: £112.8m

Of the above only Suarez and Bellamy look solid buys and Dalglish has overseen a difficult season with Liverpool eighth in the Premier League, having won only two of their last 14 matches, and set to miss out on qualification for next season's Champions League.

They have enjoyed more success in cup competitions but after a disappointing league campaign, coming on the back of major investment last summer, Comolli is heading for the exit door.

But Werner said in his interview on the club's official website: "We've got great confidence in Kenny.

"We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support."

"I would say we certainly have the resources to compete with anybody in football," added Werner.

"We feel there is enough talent on the pitch to win and, as I said, we've been dissatisfied, as most supporters have been, with the results so far.

"But we're also talking about the future - we have a strategy we need implemented and we felt Damien was probably not the right person to implement that strategy."

And chairman Werner insisted: "The club needs to move forward - we now have a huge game on Saturday. It is important that everyone joins us in supporting the manager and gets behind Kenny [Dalglish] and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season."

Comolli was appointed by club co-owners John W Henry and Werner following their takeover of the club in September 2010. But going forward, Dalglish looks set to carry the can for future signings, and whilst he looks set to get another season at the helm, you wouldn't bet on him seeing it through if league results continue  in 2012/13 as they have this season.


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