Anfield boss looks to strengthen squad this summer.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has vowed that this summer will be ‘very important’ for the Reds, as he looks to stamp his mark on the team he inherited in January from former boss Roy Hodgson. Reports suggest as many as 7 Liverpool players could be on their way out of Anfield with the likes of Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic and Christian Poulsen all struggling to make an impact since their arrival last summer.
The Anfield outfit have endured one of their most turbulent seasons in recent years having been plagued with injuries throughout the campaign. A change of ownership and management has also contributed to their poor show of form on the pitch. Captain Steven Gerrard is set to miss the final run-in of the season with a recurring groin injury, missing the potentially crucial clash with Tottenham on 15th May.
Fellow teammates Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly are also on the long-term injury list, with Fabio Aurelio, Jamie Carragher and Andy Carroll all struggling for fitness after picking up knocks against Arsenal in the thrilling 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
Regardless of where the Reds finish this season, Kenny Dalglish is anticipating an exciting summer in the Anfield camp as he looks to do some much-needed business to add strength and depth to his squad. New owners John Henry and Tom Werner have already signalled their intent with the acquisitions of £35m Andy Carroll and £22m Luis Suarez in January.
Speaking to the clubs official website, Dalglish said: “Every football club after May knows where they stand. You know what you need and there’s always going to be business done. If you do good business, you’ve more chance of being successful.
“That doesn’t just mean buying players and letting players go, it’s about developing what else you have. This summer is going to be very important” Dalglish added.
Dalglish has already called upon promising 22-year-old Jay Spearing a number of times since his appointment, with the Wirral-born midfielder impressing with his dominant displays. Youngster John Flanagan has also impressed the Scot, making his debut in the 3-0 home victory over Manchester City and putting in an assured display against Arsenal last weekend. 17-year-old Jack Robinson was also fielded against a strong Arsenal side after an injury to Fabio Aurelio forced Dalglish to make a change.
“If we’re convinced we have young players who are maybe better than what’s available, then we’ll keep our younger players. But that’s not to say we don’t want to improve as a football club in any way.”