KENNY DALGLISH has played down the latest round of talks with the club’s American owners.
Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry was at Melwood yesterday to continue his review of all club operations, having met Dalglish as well as Academy director Frank McParland earlier this week.
Henry’s Fenway Sports Group recently parted company with director of football Damien Comolli but Dalglish received public backing in the wake of the Frenchman’s departure.
The Reds boss says meetings with the owners are simply standard procedure in any club or organisation and Dalglish is struggling to understand the interest Henry’s latest trip to England has created.
“We’ve had plenty of conversations, but the conversations that we have will remain private,” said Dalglish.
“I don’t know what the big deal is. If you own a football club, you talk to the manager, you talk to the communications people, you talk to whoever you want – it’s your club.
“Is it not right that people come and talk to you? I don’t see how it’s a story. I don’t even see why it keeps coming up. I don’t hear them saying to everybody else ‘have you spoken to your owners this week?’ They’re your employers; they’re going to speak to you.”
Should Henry remain on Merseyside for Sunday’s game with West Bromwich Albion, then he will be reunited with a former employee – Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson was in charge of the Reds when the Americans bought the club in October 2010 but he was replaced by Dalglish in January last year.
Liverpool’s current manager believes Hodgson will receive a “warm reception” on his first visit to Anfield since getting the sack over 15 months ago.
“Was his reputation damaged by coming here? Ask Roy,” said Dalglish.
“His reputation as a person and a football manager in my mind was never damaged. I don’t know how Roy saw it for himself but you’re asking me and in my mind he is still the same person, has still got the same knowledge and still has the same career. Anybody that has managed this football club will get the respect they deserve.
“It will be good to see Roy. To see him back at Anfield will be good and I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception from the supporters.
“He’s a man with real integrity and dignity and he tried his best for this football club.
“As a person I respect him tremendously so he’ll get a warm welcome from us.
“He did a fantastic job last year in keeping West Brom up and they have stayed up easily this year.
“Roy is a man of huge integrity and someone who is very knowledgeable about football. When he comes out of the tunnel on Sunday I’m sure he will be well received by our fans.”