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Rodgers welcomes Dalglish Liverpool return

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Kenny Dalglish remains an adored figure at Liverpool © Getty Images
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he would be happy to see Kenny Dalglish return as a club ambassador.

Rodgers, who replaced Dalglish when he took charge last June, has made clear that he has no problem working with major figures from the club's recent history.

John W Henry, the club's principal owner, is understood to have held talks with Dalglish at a Liverpool hotel this week about a possible role.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: "It's something I want to do for next season across the club, which is get former players involved."

Dalglish won eight league titles and three European Cups during his first stint at Anfield between 1977 and 1991, serving initially as a player and then as manager.

He was invited back by then-manager Rafael Benitez in the summer of 2009 to take up academy and ambassadorial roles, and then stepped up to take charge of the first team following Roy Hodgson's exit in January 2011, winning the League Cup.

Dalglish is still revered by Liverpool's support, but Rodgers insists that does not intimidate him. "This is a wonderful football club. With the likes of Jamie Carragher moving on in the summer, I want to look around and see people with a link to the past.

"We will be looking to do that in a number of areas, whether that be through coaching or ambassadorial roles, but there's nothing concrete at the moment. The most important thing for me is the club, not Brendan Rodgers.

"If I was only worried about myself, then maybe having people around with great histories would worry me. But it doesn't one bit. I want to get people back involved in the club that supporters and kids have an identity with. That just can't be me.

"This club is full of great legends like Alan Kennedy, who works at Anfield on match days, Rushy [Ian Rush], Jan Molby, John Aldridge - all great guys around the place.

"That doesn't intimidate me, I enjoy speaking with these people. It's very important that if we are one of the great football families in the world, then you have to have members of that family here.

"I stressed to the owners in our meeting that this is something I want to push forward in the summer."

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