By David Anderson
Kenny Dalglish is facing showdown talks in Boston today over his Anfield future.
Dalglish jetted out to America yesterday to deliver his end of season report to owners Fenway Sports Group.
And after reports of his bosses showing interest in Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, Dalglish is determined to put an end to the uncertainty caused by Liverpool’s miserable league campaign.
Owners John W Henry and Tom Werner have yet to say publicly that Dalglish will be in charge next season as they conduct their review.
They want to hear Dalglish explain why Liverpool could only manage to finish eighth, 37 points behind Manchester City and Manchester United.
They want to know why the Reds could not even challenge for their pre-season target of a Champions League spot, despite them splashing out £110million on players over the last 18 months.
Dalglish, 61, will want to gauge Henry and Werner’s mood and he was unimpressed by reports on Sunday that Martinez is being lined up to replace him.
He has defended Liverpool’s season as “not too bad”, pointing to their Carling Cup success – their first trophy in six years – and qualifying for Europe as signs of progress.
The Glaswegian wants to know if Henry and Werner remain behind him and the Americans have shown they are prepared to be ruthless by wielding the axe at Anfield.
They have already dispensed with director of football Damien Comolli, head of sports science Peter Brukner and director of communications Ian Cotton.
Fans fear Dalglish could be in their sights and want their Kop idol to be given at least another season.