Analysing Liverpool's current situation on ESPN, Burley - who spent eight years at Stamford Bridge - admitted that Dalglish's squad 'needs to improve', and that he may need to admit that he's 'made a mistake', and 'shift somebody out early to bring someone else in', but the Scot dismissed the idea of changing manager outright. He said:
"I think it's nonsense and too early to be talking about sacking Kenny Dalglish.
"Yes, he's struggling with the balance of the side, and some of his big signings are under-performing, but Liverpool are evolving, and they're in a transitional period.
"In twelve months, if Liverpool are still sitting in the same position then there will be big problems for Kenny".
There are big problems *now* for Dalglish, and if things continue they way they're going, the club will be so far behind the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal that breaking back into the top four will become next to impossible. The rise of Newcastle puts Liverpool's current problems into depressing context:
* Two years ago, Newcastle were in the Championship.
* A year after promotion to the Premier League, they'd sold four of their most influential players: Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique.
* Despite those losses, the team has gone from strength to strength, and Alan Pardew's team are now 8 points ahead of Liverpool in the league table.
It's just beyond belief - how does a club as comparatively rich as Liverpool allow Newcastle to overtake them?
Liverpool have spent more money than Newcastle; have a greater pedigree; more experience in Europe, and arguably better players, but still they're struggling to make it into the top six.
The answer is obvious: effective management. Pardew has been a revelation at Newcastle: he's spent well; conducts himself with humility and dignity, which reflects well on the club, and has (arguably) made Newcastle a neutral's favourite.
Dalglish has taken Liverpool backwards; his misplaced hubris and overly-combative attitude has created a needless siege mentality and victim complex, and this has made Liverpool into one of the most despised teams in the land.
Just to be clear: I do *not* want to see Dalglish sacked, either now or in the future. After everything he's done for the club, Kenny has (IMO) earned the right to be exempt from being sacked.
Despite their lack of experience in English football, I'm sure the Owners are aware that they would become instantly despised if they sacked Liverpool's favourite son, but I doubt it will ever come to that.
Dalglish should - and I'm sure he will - step down when the time comes, and with the way things are going, that looks like it's going to be sooner rather than later.