Kenny relishing new dawn

Kenny Dalglish is relishing his return to Liverpool Football Club and believes the Reds' Academy is on the verge of something 'special'.

The Kop legend's homecoming was confirmed last week with the 58-year-old assuming a senior role at the Academy and also acting as a club ambassador working with the commercial side of the business around the world.

Dalglish admits there were a few butterflies in his stomach as he began work on Monday morning.

He told LFC Magazine: "It's really, really exciting. I've arrived at Liverpool as a player, and I've been in the manager's office too, so this is my third new start at the football club.

"I felt exactly the same on Monday on my first day at the Academy as I did as a player or as a manager. I couldn't wait to get started and underway.

"I've missed it. Although I haven't been involved in football on a day-to-day basis for a long time, I've still spent all day every day talking about it. I very rarely talk about anything else.

"But at the end of the day talking was all I was doing. When something has played such a big part in your life like football has with me you miss not being around it every day.

"So I'm delighted to be back, and I'm very grateful to Rafa for bringing me on board.

"It's going to be special."

Dalglish's appointment is part of a summer overhaul at the Academy as an exciting new era begins in Kirkby.

Following recent changes, Academy director Frank McParland now reports to manager Rafael Benitez and Kenny will play a key role alongside Frank in driving forward the development of the Academy.

"The people joining the Academy bring fresh ideas and fresh impetus," said Dalglish.

"It's going to be a completely different way of looking at things and doing things.

"My own role will be much more focused on administration and recruitment, working closely with Frank McParland. I won't be on the pitches taking sessions too often but I'll be there watching and offering advice.

"We'll leave the training to the new coaches that Rafa has recruited because that's their area of expertise. From listening to Rafa and on the first introductions I've had with the Spanish guys we've got the best in the business.

"It's a fresh start from the bottom to the top at Kirkby and there's one man to thank for it - Rafael Benitez.

"He's been a fantastic supporter of the Academy. The easiest thing in the world for him to do would have been to say to himself that the health and well-being of the club's youth system wasn't his responsibility.

"He could have simply been content with concentrating all his energies and all his attention on the first team, but that's not the type of man he is.

"He wants this football club to be healthy from top to bottom. That's why he has pushed for these changes and made them happen."

He added: "We all report to the boss. He's the man in charge and he expects results. That's the task we face and the challenge we have to undertake.

"There's an awful lot of people pulling in the same direction at Liverpool. These changes and the support Rafa's had for implementing them show that this is a united club with a unity and purpose.

"If there are things that come along in the fullness of time which allow me to help the manager in any way, shape or form then he knows I'm happy to help in any way I can.

"This football club has always felt like home to me - and it's fabulous to be back.

"Hopefully I'm able to play a small part in a great beginning and a new dawn."

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