Obsessed Liverpool fans must give Kenny time - Houllier
Published 22:29 28/03/12 By David McDonnell
Gerard Houllier has warned Kenny Dalglish he must win the title to be considered a success at Liverpool.
Dalglish has guided Liverpool to Carling Cup glory and the semi-finals of the FA Cup, at the expense of their Premier League form.
Liverpool have lost four of their last five league games and dropped points at home to Wigan, Sunderland, Stoke, Blackburn, Swansea and Norwich.
The Reds have not won the league since 1990 and former boss Houllier admitted ending the wait for the title had become an "obsession" among the club's fans.
"There is too much expectation at Liverpool," said Houllier, in charge at Anfield from 1998 to 2004. "They expect you to win the Champions League every year. That won't happen.
"The obsession is the league. Rafa Benitez finished second and I finished second once, but for all the cups we won, they wanted us to win the league."
Houllier said Dalglish, in his first full season since returning for his second spell at Anfield, needed more time to turn the club around.
"They won the League Cup, the same way we did in 2001," said the Frenchman. "It's a good sign for the future. I think he's heading in the same direction, just give him some time.
"Kenny isn't alone - he has a whole staff with him and they trust him.
"In football, you can go from the attic to the basement very quickly, so one day he is the hero and the next day he is the zero. You have to be careful.
"Liverpool need another year to kick in. They have had a lot of recruitment done and a lot of problems, so give him some time.
"There was a time when David Moyes was criticised and Arsene was criticised - see where they are now. It's a roller-coaster."