Ten days have passed since the sacking of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's seventh manager since their last league title in 1989 and apart from one season (2008-09) under Rafael Benitez, the club hs not gotten any closer to the Premier League title than when Dalglish left for the first time, and now look as far from it as they will ever be. Like Erwin Schrodinger, Liverpool's owners sit in the middle of two futures: ruin and reward. Both, it seems, are at this stage eminently plausible. In these days of seismic change for the club, decisions taken could render short-term success or long-term failure, or vice versa, but not both. The choice of new manager could have profound implications.