Hansen hails Dalglish diversity
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Alan Hansen has singled out Kenny Dalglish's tactical "flexibility" as key to his former Anfield team-mate's transformation of the Merseysiders' fortunes this season.

Having flirted with the relegation zone earlier in the campaign under Roy Hodgson, now at West Brom, the Reds are now in the hunt under caretaker-manager Dalglish, widely regarded as Liverpool's greatest player.

Hansen, who played alongside fellow Scotland international Dalglish during Liverpool's glory years of the 1970s and 1980s, told LFC Weekly: "For me the big thing has been the flexibility of the formations that Kenny has used and how players have adapted.

"Kenny knows the game and he knows players, but also ingrained in him is the Liverpool way - the pass and move game that our club's success was based upon," the former central defender, now a BBC television pundit, added.

Ingrained in him is the Liverpool way - the pass and move game that our club's success was based upon.
Alan Hansen on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish

"Right from the word go, as he has said himself, he wanted to see players passing and moving on the training ground. We're reaping the rewards of that already."

Hansen added: "I know I keep saying it, but as a club and a team there is still a long way to go. However, everyone who has seen Liverpool play over the last few months recognises that we are on the right lines and that is great to see after such a difficult first half of the season."

Liverpool are currently fifth in the English Premier League table and occupy a UEFA Europa League qualifying spot with three games of the domestic season to play.