Speaking to the BBC ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final with Everton, Hansen - who reiterated that he is a 'great admirer' of Dalglish - argued:
"I do not buy into the suggestion that Kenny Dalglish's position is under scrutiny. He is not going to walk away and the owners are not going to sack him".
Hansen is often accused of giving his former colleague an easy ride, and that's certainly been true this season. However, he admitted that it was 'stupid' to ignore the reality of Liverpool's under-performance in the league:
"To suggest the league form has been anything other than very disappointing since the turn of the year is stupid. Liverpool should always be aiming for the title or to be in the Champions League and Dalglish will be as disappointed as anyone at the way the Premier League season has gone".
Liverpool's stated goal at the start of the season was to finish in the top four; that isn't going to happen but Dalglish has constantly rubbed salt in that wound by over-emphasising the importance of the Carling Cup, a meaningless trophy that in no way makes up for Premier League failure.
The FA Cup, on the other hand, *is* an important trophy, and it would be fantastic if Liverpool could go on and win the competition. Hansen believes an FA Cup win would buy Dalglish time, but he warns that failure to progress against Everton tomorrow would inevitably lead to mass criticism:
"If Dalglish claims a second trophy, the critics will have nowhere to go. If Liverpool don't win, the critics will have everywhere to go, of course"