Does Kenny Dalglish really want, or need, the Liverpool manager's job?
Sometimes going back to a club where a manager has enjoyed success during a previous stint does not work out. Kevin Keegan at Newcastle is the obvious example that springs to mind.
Dalglish was incredibly successful at Liverpool during the mid-to-late 1980s, winning the title three times and doing the Double in his first season as player manager.
And considering what he achieved at the club during his playing days, he is rightly revered on the red part of Merseyside.
Would he want to put all that at risk? I'm not sure he would. If he was a Keegan-type of character, then I'd think differently. But Dalglish has never been one to let his heart rule his head. He's an extremely astute man and I just get the feeling he would not want to risk what he has built up at the club.
He's got ambition and an ego and I'm sure he wants to see Liverpool back at the top of English football, but maybe he will realise that it is too difficult a job at this moment in time.
Let's get one thing straight: Rafa Benitez's departure from Liverpool is a good thing. I know fans are split on the subject, but I really could not see the club progressing with him still at the helm next season.
Surely most Liverpool fans, even the ones who were backing him at the end, can now put their hands on their heart and say 'thank goodness he's gone'.
Whoever the next manager is, he has to trim down the squad, and get rid of the dead wood. The truth is that Benitez leaves a legacy of quite a few poor players - at least by Liverpool standards.
Somehow, that squad will have to be changed around. Clearly, money will be needed to do that and in the absence of any rich benefactor at the moment that means it may be time to cash in.
Fernando Torres is the most saleable of their current assets, and he may have to go to finance the revolution.
It would certainly take a brave man to make that decision, but sometimes, in order to move forward, it's better to take a backward step first.
The sale of Torres would clearly have a detrimental impact on the side initially, but with the money from his sale, the new manager would be in a better position to build a new team capable of challenging for honours again in the long run.
As for Gerrard, we'll have to wait and see. But whoever comes in must realise how important the midfielder is to the club, not just as a footballer, but as an ambassador.
Considering the position Liverpool are in at the moment, I think Gerrard is more important to the club than Torres, and the new manager's first task must be to ensure he keeps hold of the England international.
I don't think Gerrard could go and play elsewhere anyway. I'm not sure another club could get as much out of Gerrard as Liverpool because they are his team - they're built around him and that may not be the case somewhere else.