Liverpool are surprised by the criticism coming their way over their managerial pursuit.

The Telegraph says there is a certain sense of bemusement within Anfield at the criticism of the American owners for the manner they have gone about replacing Kenny Dalglish. The previous owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr, were lambasted when they once coveted a rival manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, while Rafael Benítez was still in a job.

Liverpool's hierarchy feel they have handled the situation in a dignified manner, and yet they have been criticised for failing to have a manager sounded out prior to dismissing Dalglish, conduct which would have caused uproar among the Kop icon's fans.

Liverpool's owners will make no apology for taking time to recruit the right man and it now looks increasingly likely that will be Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers.