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May backs Dalglish for Liverpool role

David May feels his former boss Kenny Dalglish will give Liverpool fans something to get excited about if he takes over at Anfield for the second time.

The Reds are looking for a new manager following Rafael Benitez's departure by mutual consent last week and have confirmed club legend Dalglish, who is widely regarded as Liverpool's greatest ever player and enjoyed a successful spell in charge from 1985 to 1991, is to assist managing director Christian Purslow in the recruitment process.

However, the 59-year-old - currently an Academy ambassador - has been hotly tipped to take the post himself on a short-term basis, with reports suggesting he is willing to do so if the club's hierarchy feel it is the best way forward.

May played under Dalglish in the early 1990s after the Scot left Liverpool for Blackburn and is confident the Merseyside outfit would be given a much-needed lift by the return of one of its most revered heroes to the helm.

"He will come in and liven things up," May told Press Association Sport.

"I remember him coming to Blackburn and the training sessions were bright. They were short and sharp and he got the lads buzzing again.

"I think that is what needs to happen at Liverpool. Under Benitez they have been playing very boring football, but with Kenny I think they will give the fans something they deserve, which is attacking football."

Liverpool finished a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier League last season and have not won the English top flight since Dalglish delivered the title in 1990.

If he takes charge again it will inevitably rekindle memories of former glories amongst the Anfield faithful, but May feels Dalglish's affinity with the club will be most vital in helping to find a more permanent manager who can take Liverpool forward in the years to come.

Asked if he thought Dalglish was the man to revive the club's fortunes, May said: "I think he could be short-term, but then I think Kenny will look more long-term.

"He is more of an ambassador now for Liverpool and he is going to make the right decision in terms of who actually comes in and takes over.

"With his knowledge of the game and knowledge of Liverpool - what Liverpool is all about and what they need - I'm sure he will make the right decision."

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