Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants caretaker Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to be given the job of managing the club permanently.
Dalglish, 59, took over until the end of the season following the departure of Roy Hodgson earlier this month.
“I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months,” Gerrard told LFC Weekly.
“I won’t lie. When Kenny rang to say he was coming back it was a big lift.”
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has been charged with finding Hodgson’s long-term replacement and he has said that Dalglish, who quit as manager in his first spell in charge in February 1991, will be considered for the role.
“I’d love nothing better when the end of the season comes than for us to be on the back of a good run of results that ensures he gets the job full-time,” said Gerrard.
“That’s my short-term plan, to give everything I’ve got and all my energy to try to make that happen.”
Dalglish has yet to win a game since taking charge, with the defeat at Old Trafford being followed up by a loss at Blackpool and draw at home with Everton.
“I love Kenny as a person and I’ve certainly enjoyed the first few days we’ve had working with him,” added Gerrard. “I can see a positive future for Kenny at the club.
“I think he’s the perfect person to get everyone moving in the right direction again. He’s the talisman at this club. His nickname, the King, says it all really.
“He’s the perfect manager and also person to bring it all together. It’s time to re-group and for us all to be pulling in the right direction because this season certainly hasn’t been good enough.”