Mid-Day Ticker: Dalglish out at Liverpool, Alves breaks collarbone and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Dalglish out at Liverpool, Alves breaks collarbone and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Dalglish out at Liverpool, Alves breaks collarbone and more

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King Kenny's reign at Liverpool is over.

Kenny Dalglish is out as Liverpool manager after a disappointing season during which the Reds finished in eighth place in the Premier League. The club's Carling Cup triumph and appearance in the FA Cup final could not mask the overall struggles in league play, as the club went 14-14-10 and was nowhere near the race for a Champions League berth for the final months of the campaign.

Dalglish, a former star player at Liverpool and manager from 1985-1991, resumed his prominent place at the club by taking over for manager Roy Hodgson last season and provided a jolt, one impressive enough to earn him a three-year contract just a year ago. He did not live up to the lofty expectations this season, though, and he had traveled to the United States to meet with Liverpool owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner this week before sealing his fate.

According to Sky Sports, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is a leading candidate to be Dalglish's replacement. Martinez is also said to be a prime target of Aston Villa in their coaching search.

Here are a few more stories to keep your day rolling along:

BARCA'S ALVES BREAKS COLLARBONE

The U.S. men's national team should not have to worry about gameplanning for Brazilian fullback Dani Alves.

The Barcelona starter fractured his collarbone in training Wednesday and will miss the Copa del Rey final as a result. Alves is slated to undergo surgery later today, and club doctors will provide an update on his prognosis afterwards.

Alves was named to Mano Menezes' 23-man roster for the Selecao's four upcoming friendlies and he was, and may still be, a candidate to be one of Brazil's over-age selections for this summer's Olympics, provided that he recovers in time. The Brazilian federation has not yet announced if it will replace Alves on the roster for the friendlies against Denmark, the United States, Mexico and Argentina.

CAHILL, LUIZ NEAR FULL FITNESS

Chelsea is in a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final considering that John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are suspended for the match, but the club did receive some good news on the defensive front.

Centerbacks Gary Cahill and David Luiz are nearing full fitness as they recover from their respective hamstring injuries and should be able to step into Roberto Di Matteo's lineup against Bayern Munich.

Cahill has missed the last five matches, while Luiz has been out since April 15.

SEEDORF LEAVES MILAN RETURN OPEN

Clarence Seedorf is not retiring. He might not even be leaving AC Milan.

Despite speculation that Seedorf had played his final game for the Rossoneri, the veteran Dutch midfielder said that he plans on playing for at least two more years and that he would not rule out a return to Milan.

Seedorf has been linked to a move to Brazilian side Botafogo, and he was thought to be part of a mass exodus of Milan veterans that included Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Filippo Inzaghi and Gennarro Gatuso.

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Do you think it was time for Dalglish to go? What do you make of Alves' injury? Do you see Chelsea's defense being strong enough to hold up against Bayern Munich? Where do you think Seedorf will wind up?

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