As Dalglish leads Liverpool on worst run in 59 years, are the club better or worse off than under Hodgson
15:45 GMT, 2 April 2012
Another weekend and another defeat for Liverpool means more pressure has piled on Kenny Dalglish.
The Scot's hopes of taking the Reds back to the Champions League this season have all but ended following a disastrous run of form that leaves the Reds in danger of finishing mid-table.
It's not too far from where predecessor Roy Hodgson left the club, but how do the two compare Sportsmail assesses both to see who has made the most of their time at Anfield.
Best man for the job Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish (left) and former Reds manager Roy Hodgson (right)
When Roy Hodgson took over in July 2010 he was charged with trying to get Liverpool back into the top four, but he was already on the back foot due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Funds were tight but for the 28million that Hodgson spent, the 64-year-old did make 32million through the sales of Javier Mascherano, Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun.
The loss of the Argentine came just days before the end of the transfer window and Hodgson reacted quickly to bring in Raul Meireles – his biggest success.
Other major signings including Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky barely lasted a year while free transfer Joe Cole failed to live up to expectations.
Sharp exit: Mascherano departed for Barcelona soon after Hodgson arrived
Given a transfer kitty under new owner
John Henry, Dalglish quickly lost faith in Hodgson's men when he
replaced the sacked boss in January 2011.
Over the course of three transfer
windows he has spent over 100million – most of that on a new strike
force of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
Fernando Torres was sold for
50million during this period as well as the Scot also added a new
midfield including Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson.
Verdict: Neither manager shines brightly here but Dalglish just edges it. Hodgson spent relatively little and made a profit with his dealings, but will be remembered for signing sub-standard players that fans quickly turned against.
Dalglish can be credited with signing Suarez, who has proved by far his smartest buy. But Carroll, Downing and Adam have disappointed just as much (if not more) than any Hodgson purchase, while rough diamond Henderson has also struggled.
After eight games under Hodgson, Liverpool were on their knees. Comprehensive defeats at Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton (as well as a home loss to newly promoted Blackpool) left them in the bottom three.
Three wins followed but by then fans had grown frustrated with a series of inconsistent results and the former Fulham manager was sacked following a 3-1 loss at Blackburn in January last year.
Liverpool were 12th in the table and 10 points off a European spot.
Crushed: Liverpool suffered chastening defeats at the beginning of the 2010-11 season
Dalglish took over and led a credible second half of the season that saw the Reds finish seventh – only missing out on Europe following a penultimate day defeat against league rivals Tottenham.
But the 61-year-old has failed to build on that this term. Before January, it was home draws that were holding the Reds back from challenging at the top, but 2012 has seen Liverpool endure their worst run of results in 59 years.
Two league wins in 12 means only rock bottom Wolves have a worst record in this calendar year. The Reds, who targeted to finish in the top four, are 16 points off that in eighth place.
Verdict: Liverpool never got going under Hodgson, whose team suffered nosebleeds when they hit the dizzy heights of ninth in the table. They looked destined for mid-table mediocrity until Dalglish took over.
But this term's post-Christmas collapsed has alarmed many connected with the club. Liverpool are in danger of finishing ninth which would be the club's worst league position since they won promotion back to the top flight in 1962.
Hodgson may have had Liverpool heading for a similar finish, but he never had the Reds in relegation form over a 10-game spell.
Day to forget: Liverpool were comfortable beaten by Newcastle, Carroll endured a torrid time and Jose Enrique ended up in goal
The glimmer of hope but also another catalyst in the early departure of Hodgson. An unbeaten run in the Europa League group stages (albeit with just two wins from six) saw Liverpool top their group. But he was sacked before he could lead them into the last 32.
More damning was the third round Carling Cup exit at home to League Two strugglers Northampton on penalties.
Dalglish though has shined in the cups. His return to the hot-seat was a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester United, but he hasn't lost since Braga knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League in the round of 16 last season.
The Scot triumphed in the Carling Cup
this term having defeated Manchester City and Chelsea. They didn't play
one home game (aside from the two-legged semi-final) before defeating
Cardiff at Wembley on penalties.
Home ties have favoured the Reds in
the FA Cup this season, with four successive Anfield wins handing them a
semi-final meeting with Everton back at Wembley.
With a trophy in the cabinet, and potentially another on the way,
Dalglish stands head and shoulders above Hodgson, who laboured at best
in the chase for silverware.
The wait is over! Liverpool lifted their first silverware in six years at Wembley in February
With Liverpool having sacked Champions League winner Rafael Benitez, supporters expected a more blockbuster successor than Hodgson.
No one denied he had done a marvellous job at previous club Fulham by first keeping them up, then guiding them to the Europa League final. But many felt he was untested and out of his depth in England managing a massive club like Liverpool.
His lukewarm reception was about as good as it got. A poor start to the season alienated more fans and the discontent in the stands rubbed off on to players who looked devoid of confidence.
Hardly any Reds supporters were complaining about a lack of time once Hodgson was sacked after just six months and 20 league games.
In contrast, as a club legend as player and manager, Dalglish was given a hero’s welcome after taking over for a second spell.
Hero returns: The was a stark contrast in the welcomes offered to Hodgson and Dalglish
The players responded to the good vibes reverberating around Anfield and it enabled them to finish last season strongly.
But the recent awful run has tested just how far the supporters will back Dalglish. While the same anger isn't being diverted at Dalglish as much as it was at Hodgson, the end request is starting to feel the same. 'Thanks Kenny, but no thanks.'
Verdict: As a fan favourite, Dalglish had a huge advantage over Hodgson in that he didn't need to produce instant results to get the supporters and players on his side.
Both made poor starts after taking over last term but the aura surrounding Dalglish on his appointment carried him through, while Hodgson just sank deeper into the quick sand.
Now the lustre from King Kenny's return has been replaced by terrible form, it proves that even the most idolised of figures can only descend so low before questions are asked by even their most ardent of followers.
Plenty of influences on and off the pitch undermined Hodgson but none arguably more so than the change of ownership.
Just three months into his reign, John Henry completed a fiery takeover of Liverpool from Hicks and Gillett, and Hodgson from then on looked a sitting duck.
The former Inter Milan boss wasn't heavily backed financially, but he at least had time under the previous owners. Once Henry arrived, his position became more uncertain and it was little surprise he was sacked three months later without being given a penny to spend.
His successor Dalglish was instead given the funds to try and take Liverpool to the business end of the top flight again but he has so far only delivered the Carling Cup. League form has disappointed and big money signings have failed to make an impact.
Backing his man: Henry has handed over huge funds to Dalglish
Verdict: Dalglish has had the better deal if he hasn’t made the most of it. With the full confidence of the owners and plenty of money to spend, the Scot has enjoyed freedom to build his squad – with the help of Director of Football, Damien Comolli.
Hodgson had the dying days of one board and the fresh beginnings of another looking to gain a rapport with fans and build their own foundations at the club. He never stood a chance.
With a huge amount of backing from fans, owners and a chequebook, Kenny Dalglish has enjoyed a number of advantages that Roy Hodgson didn't have during his time at Liverpool.
Yet despite the millions spent and a less turbulent Anfield under new owners, Liverpool are only narrowly doing better in the league than they were under the former Switzerland manager.
The Reds have added plenty of new faces in the last year but the end result on the pitch is much the same.
Dalglish may have a cup to his name
(with another possibly on the way) and secured European football back at
Anfield for next season, but with the tools given to him he has
arguably underachieved more than Hodgson.
The fact that Liverpool are now only in a slightly better league position to the one Hodgson left the club in represents that.
Plenty to ponder: Liverpool's season is in danger of ending with a whimper… and a mediocre mid-table finish