Lucas - Dalglish deal imminent
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva feels Kenny Dalglish's appointment as full-time manager is a mere formality.
Last Updated: 22/04/11 3:42pm
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva feels Kenny Dalglish's appointment as full-time manager is a mere formality.
The Scot was handed the reins on a caretaker basis in the aftermath of Roy Hodgson's dismissal in January and has overseen a resurgent Reds.
Dalglish has been tipped to land the post on a full-time basis but any deal has yet to be formalised.
However, that has not stopped Brazil international Lucas from concluding it is only a matter of time before the former player-manager is reinstated permanently.
"The way he came to the club and the way he changed a lot, it is just a matter of time (before) he will agree this new deal," said Lucas.
"As players we just have to hope he will be here next year with us. We will try to win the next five games, if we do that we will be helping him as well.
"Kenny and Steve Clarke (coach) have done really well. They have changed things, giving all the team confidence, which is really important.
"Kenny is the key to keeping everyone together and keeps the confidence of everyone."
Liverpool have endured something of a tumultuous season with the Fenway Sports Group purchasing the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett in October.
The new owners then had to oversee the replacing of Hodgson and Liverpool's lavish acquisitions of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January.
There has been something of an obvious change to the style Liverpool have adopted under their stand-in boss, but Lucas believes it is his personality that has been instrumental in the change of the team's fortunes.
"One of the things that I really like about Kenny is that he treats everyone the same," he added.
"It doesn't matter if you are young or a senior player, everyone has the same importance in the club and it gives everyone a big lift.
"We are together, more united. It is difficult to explain, but I feel the dressing room is much better now than it was before.
"We didn't have the atmosphere that we have now in the dressing room. The relationship is just not professional, we have become more friends than before and that's helped a lot on the pitch."