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Dalglish has faith in flops

Kenny Dalglish has no plans to scrap any of his big-money signings this summer, despite a hugely disappointing league campaign.

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Dalglish spent upwards of £50 million ahead of the 2011-12 season bringing the likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson to the Anfield fold. All three of those names are yet to make a significant impact for the Reds, earning more criticism than praise for their performances across the year.

The Liverpool boss confessed on Friday that his team's current league position simply is not good enough, insisting the club will never be achieving their aim until nobody is above them in the Premier League table.

In order for the Reds to become serious title challengers once more it would seem Dalglish will need to spend more significant sums this summer. The likes of Downing, Adam or even Andy Carroll could arguably be used to raise such funds, but Dalglish does not intend to sell anybody.

"We're not looking to move anybody out," the Liverpool manager commented. "The only one that will be moving out will be Fabio [Aurelio], because his contract's up, but we'll not be looking to move anybody out so all we want to do is to add to the squad that we've got and see what happens from there.

"The transfer market brings up surprises. What the surprises are going to be, I'm no clairvoyant, I can't help you but I'm just saying that we're not actively looking to move anybody on."

Liverpool travel to Swansea on the final day of the season, knowing they can finish seventh, eighth or ninth in the table depending on results elsewhere. The club have not finished outside the top eight since the 1962-63 season, their first season after promotion to top flight.

Dalglish is focused on strengthening his squad rather than anything else.

"Most of our plans are in place. We need to get the work done and get on with it,'' added the Scot. "Conversations happen throughout the whole season, they just tend to pick up in the last week of the season and there have been lots of conversations in the last few days.

"There have been a lot of discussions between various parties which have to be made and we will carry on do our work during the summer. We have been talking to the owners throughout the calendar year and have discussed many facets of the job and what it entails.

"You also discuss what availability and what possibilities there are and we've been through every option with everyone. It is an ongoing process and not much has changed. Maybe because the transfer window opens there will be some business done - but that is the same for everyone.

"At the end of the season every club and supporter looks anxiously to see what is happening in terms of business being done. But the business-side of it won't be discussed publicly.''


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