The old saying is never go back and had any other club approached Kenny Dalglish it is doubtful he would have returned.
Liverpool's Managing Director, Ian Ayre, said no matter how much work had been done off the pitch in terms of the structure and business of the club if results did not match up then change was inevitable.
"The most important element which isn't quite there is the football," said the Managing Director, who admitted they had already had numerous expressions of interest in the vacant manager's position but stressed their search had not yet properly begun.
"If you don't believe the results are right and feel 37 points off the champions and 17 points off Champions League pace is a long distance you have to make a change.
The early front runner is Wigan boss Roberto Martinez who after John Henry the owner said that the £110m spent by Dalglish would not be repeated in the summer the new manager profile looked ideal for Martinez who is use to transfer constraints.
Can Liverpool realistically get back into the top four of the Premier League without a substantial transfer budget?