Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam says he was surprised to see Reds legend Kenny Dalglish depart the club, but insists he is ready to prove himself to his successor.
Dalglish was sacked after just 18 months of his second spell in charge of the Anfield club following an eighth-placed Premier League finish, although they did win the League Cup and reach the FA Cup final.
Former Blackpool man Adam admits the lure of working with his fellow Scot was one of the reasons why he chose to join the Merseysiders last summer, and admitted he was shocked by his departure.
“Dalglish was a key factor in me going to Liverpool – but he’s gone now so we have to move on. I was surprised when he left but the owners make these decisions,” the 26-year-old told The Daily Record.
“They have been first-class since they came in and have put a lot of money in to the club.
“Now we have to look to the future. Whoever comes in will be a top manager who is used to working with top players.
“It’s one of the best jobs in English football so it will be very attractive to a lot of people.”
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is the favourite for the role, and the Spaniard looks set to make a decision on his future next week.
And although Adam is keen to impress his next manager, he’s focusing more on getting himself fit, having missed the Red’s end of season run-in and the FA Cup final.
“Personally, I’m just trying to enjoy my holiday and not bother much about the speculation,” the Scot said.
“The most important thing is just getting back on the pitch and playing again.
“I couldn’t help the lads when they needed it. So I need to be fully fit to show the new man what I can do. I’ll be all geared up for that and trying to impress the new manager.
“We’re one of the best clubs in the world and I feel extremely fortunate to be at Liverpool.”