This is a low.

A league campaign falling apart around our ears, Champions League qualification a long-forgotten dream, the club’s director of football sacked days before a cup semi-final.

And yet. And yet…

And yet there’s an odd kind of optimism among sections of the Liverpool support, one I’m trying desperately hard to buy in to.

We’re not yet at the point where Kenny Dalglish’s position becomes untenable. This season could, after all, bring two trophies. While few of the club’s summer signings have been unqualified successes, most have shown signs that they can fit in to a structure and long-term plan.

But what structure? What plan? Therein lies the problem, and the biggest potential threat to Dalglish’s future.

Based on what we know at the moment, it feels like sticking with Kenny for 2012/13 will be as much of a leap into the unknown as replacing him. There is so little evidence to go on as to how Liverpool are supposed to be playing that it’s difficult to make a case either way as to how next season will unfold.

The chances of a poor start under a new manager feel roughly equivalent to those of a continued slump in league form under Dalglish. A mid-season change could prove disruptive to the point of catastrophe.

Ask a fan at random to diagnose the problem and aside from ‘we need to score more goals’ or ‘we need more luck’ there are few viewpoints around which we can coalesce.

Here’s where some straightforward communication might be helpful. While ostensibly we’ve never had it so good in terms of being kept informed about developments at the club, the reality is quite different.

The TV channel, website, official magazine, match programme, Twitter feed, pinterest boards and so on and on and on are constantly putting information out, but how much of it helps us really understand what’s going on?

Surveys have consistently found that regular viewers of the US Fox News network are generally less well-informed about the state of the world than those who watch no news at all.

While the club’s official media sets out with far less malign intentions than Fox, it can have a similar effect. You could watch LFC TV every waking moment, scour the club’s Facebook page for hourly updates and pay £1.50 a week for text alerts through something called ‘mobile membership’, but would any of it help you understand the club’s footballing vision?

Off the pitch the pattern is much the same. On every substantive issue, from the handling of the Suarez affair to the so-called stadium development, avid consumers of LFC communications are no better informed than the lost tribes of the Andaman Islands.

So much sound and fury, signifying nothing, undermines the very purpose of the activity. We have more information than ever and yet if anything we are less well-informed.

Nevertheless, the multitude of communications channels should offer an opportunity to a manager whose suspicion of the mainstream media belies his undoubted communication skills and charisma.

Why not make use of the TV channel, the match programme, even his own Twitter account to at least begin to explain the vision behind everything that’s happened this season, and everything planned for the next?

A wide-ranging interview covering the manager’s entire career, what he’s learned from his vast experience, what’s gone wrong this season and how it can be learned from, what the owners are asking for, how a perfect Liverpool performance might look.

Some might say we don’t have a right to question the King, that expecting one of the greatest figures in the history of the club to in some way justify and account for his position would be a slight on his standing at the club, but it needn’t be like that.

This isn’t a call for a confrontational, Paxman-esque grilling. I genuinely want to read the insights of the man I still hope is best placed to put things right at Anfield.

Nor need it be about giving away state secrets or alerting other clubs to specific transfer targets. Just an exploration of Kenny’s philosophy, how it applies to the modern game, how the team is expected to function both collectively and as individuals.

In short: where do we go from here?

What Liverpool fan would not pay attention? Perhaps even more importantly, could the club’s owners ignore a lucid, carefully-crafted statement of intent from one of the most decorated managers in English football?

Like Fox Mulder in The X Files, I want to believe. I suspect I’m not alone. Many have an unwavering faith in Dalglish. Others are convinced he’s the wrong man to take Liverpool forward. For those of us in the middle – who may even be a majority – some clear communication could be all it takes to make us evangelists once more.

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