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We ask the Goal.com readers who should take over the reins following Kenny Dalglish's sacking on Wednesday, with former boss Rafael Benitez among the options

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Forty years and one day ago Kenny Dalglish scored the winner against Tottenham to secure Liverpool the Division One title.

However, following a season which resulted in the Reds' worst-ever Premier League finish and their lowest points total since 1953-54, the Scot left his position as manager.

There is no question that Dalglish is held in high, arguably the highest, regard by the Liverpool supporters, but who should take over the reins now?

WE NEED A MIRACLE WORKER
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Kenny Dalglish always said that he'd do what he could to help Liverpool FC. That he left by having his contract terminated rather than by 'mutual consent' or resigning suggests he still felt he could help Liverpool FC. If he didn't think so he'd have fallen on his sword.

The honeymoon period for FSG is now well and truly over. Liverpool are still waiting for that new stadium, the one that allows the club to compete financially with other sides with top-four ambitions. Liverpool haven't even managed top five for three seasons.

Other problems needed sorting before changing the manager and unless FSG intend to address them, urgently, they will need a miracle worker to replace Dalglish.

How about Rafael Benitez? After all he won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, and took them to the final again in 2007, before losing to AC Milan.

The Spaniard boasted a 55.43 per cent win rate at Anfield, coming out on top 194 times in 350 games and guided the club to within two points of the league title in 2009, the best since Dalglish’s first spell as manager between 1985-91.

Andre Villas-Boas is another option. While he hardly impressed during his short stint at Chelsea earlier in the season, his treble-winning campaign at Porto the year before cannot be forgotten.

Did the Portuguese manager suffer from the senior members in the squad or is he just not adept to English football? Plus, can it, realistically, get much worse for Liverpool? Villas-Boas needs time and would he get that at Anfield?

Talking of being given time and it paying off, how about Wigan manager Roberto Martinez? An astute tactical change late in the season saved the Latics from relegation, so the ability is evidently there. Could he fair better at a club with more wealth?

On the flip side, does it actually show a lack of knowledge? Should the former Swansea manager have acted quicker, knowing that his current system was sending the team down?

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An outside bet, is Norwich City’s Paul Lambert. Following his appointment in August 2009, he has guided the Canaries to two straight promotions, from League One to the Premier League, and finished his debut season as a top-flight manager in 14th place, missing out on the top half by just goal difference.

A remarkable achievement and, like Martinez, could he fair better with extra funds?

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