King Kenny Suffers Another Defeat

Kenny Dalglish admitted he is under no illusions about the size of the challenge ahead as Liverpool crashed to defeat at Blackpool. Dalglish's first Barclays Premier League game since 1998 ended in disappointment as goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell cancelled out Fernando Torres' fourth minute opener.

Liverpool's principal owner John Henry will fly to discuss, among other things, the search for a new chief executive, transfer targets and ideas on redeveloping Anfield. He will attend Sunday's home derby against Everton and will take the opportunity to become better acquainted with Dalglish. But Henry is guaranteed to hear how much Liverpool need to invest if they are going to stop a worrying rot. They remain in 13th place, four points above the relegation zone.

Dalglish said, "I'm disappointed we've come away with no points. There is a couple of things we can sort out. If the problems lie within yourself, you have got half a chance. I was pleased with the commitment and effort. It is a big challenge. Very seldom do you walk into a job like this with no challenges. We will keep trying very hard. We have got a lot of work to do. I have not spoken to Damien (Comolli) or the owners about new players. They gave me a squad of players to work with and I said 'thank you very much'."

This was the first time Blackpool have done the double over Liverpool since 1946-47 but, as was the case at Anfield, there was nothing fortuitous about the outcome. Ian Holloway's side never lost their composure after Torres had fired Liverpool in front and were well on top by the final whistle, taking advantage of sloppy defending from the visitors.

Holloway, understandably, was over the moon and insisted this was his finest day as a manager since taking Blackpool back into the top flight. He said, "That is the best of the lot. It feels really great. If I had said we'd take six points off Liverpool this season, you'd have said I was do-lally. You would have put me in one of those Harry Houdini straightjackets. It could have been a long, horrible, horrible night. I am so proud of my lads."



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