Reports: Dalglish to join Benitez backroom staff

Kenny Dalglish will return to Liverpool as a member of manager Rafa Benitez's backroom staff, English newspapers reported on Sunday. Dalglish, 58, who is widely regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, will have an advisory function with an emphasis on developing young players, the reports said. The Scot, who managed the club from 1985-1991, would not be involved in coaching the first team. Although the club made no official announcement, a statement is expected before the end of the season. Benitez, who recently signed a new long-term deal to remain at Anfield until 2014, is eager to improve the youth structure at Liverpool's Academy and Dalglish is keen to be involved, according to well-placed sources. Dalglish won six League titles with Liverpool, leading them to the FA Cup and League double in 1986 as well as three European Cups. He was manager of the club when the Hillsborough disaster occurred in 1989 and is still revered by fans, who often refer to him as "King Kenny." LIVERPOOL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter