Ayre: I always knew Dalglish would return

The Reds' managing director has hailed the Scot's decision to return to the club as a non-executive director, 18 months after being replaced by Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists he never doubted that Kenny Dalglish would one day return to Anfield.

The 62-year-old has rejoined the club as a non-executive director 18 months after being replaced by Brendan Rodgers following his second spell in charge.

Dalglish's second stint in charge lasted 12 months, culminating a League Cup win but marred by the club's handling of the Luis Suarez racism controversy.

But Ayre insists he is delighted Dalglish has returned to a position of influence at Anfield, and says a reunion between Liverpool and the Scot was never in doubt.

"I never had any doubt that Kenny would come back at some point," Ayre told reporters.

"But it was just about getting the timing right and the role right and I think we’ve done fantastically well on both fronts.

"We were always conscious that he would come back. Kenny is part of the furniture at Liverpool. We are like one big family. Kenny will always be part of the Liverpool family and rightly so.

"He understands the fans. He understands the club. He understands what makes it tick and for that reason he should be part of it and I’m very pleased to have him back."