Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he does not regret returning to the club, even if his current spell in charge ends up harming his long-term legacy at Anfield.
Dalglish agreed to step into the void after predecessor Roy Hodgson was sacked in January 2011, initially taking on managerial responsibilities on an interim basis before being given the job full-time after overseeing an upturn in results.
Such an improvement has not been continued - in the league, at least - this season, however, with the Reds currently stranded in seventh after an inconsistent campaign to date that has seen some observers call upon Dalglish to step aside in favour of a new manager with more cutting-edge tactical ideas.
Despite the criticism he has received, Dalglish insists he does not regret his return to the dugout.
"I have said it was an honour to be asked to come back," Dalglish said. "It was unfortunate in the circumstances because Roy had lost his job.
"But I don't see any reason to change my opinion now."
The bright spots for Liverpool this season have come in the cup competitions, with the League Cup already in the trophy cabinet and the chance to reach the final of the FA Cup still well within reach. Dalglish believes his side might need to tailor their approach slightly to bring that sort of success to their league endeavours.
"Maybe our education in how to win a game means we don't need to be the attractive passing team we want to be," he noted. "Sometimes we've got to be more ruthless - it's all part and parcel of learning.
"We can win a game but you've also got to learn how not to lose one. We are good enough to win every game but maybe we've got to learn as well as the players and pass that education on to them.
"But I think we are good enough to beat everybody in the league. We knocked the teams who are first and second in the league out of both domestic cup competitions in January."