Dalglish excited by Adam arrival
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is excited about the impact Charlie Adam will have on the club after the Reds finally signed the Scotland midfielder on Thursday night after a six-month pursuit.
Blackpool held onto Adam in an attempt to remain in the Premier League, but when that failed the player made it clear he wanted a move to Anfield.
That has now become a reality and Dalglish is looking forward to the 25-year-old reproducing the kind of displays which made him a stand-out performer for the Seasiders last season.
"We're delighted our patience has paid off," said Dalglish. "We tried to sign Charlie in January. Blackpool wanted to keep him, which is understandable because they were trying to maintain their status in the Premier League.
"Our interest never went away. Both the club and Charlie have been patient, and then Blackpool's circumstances changed because they were relegated.
"We're looking forward to Charlie being a success here. He made a huge contribution to Blackpool's team last year and we're looking forward to him making the same contribution here. We know what he's got and that's why he was such a success last year in the Premier League."
Having re-signed defender Glen Johnson and Andre Wisdom recently, youngster John Flanagan has become the latest player to agree a new deal.
The 18-year-old impressed towards the end of last season in his seven first-team appearances.
"It's great for everybody," said Dalglish. "Both him and Jack Robinson coming in last year gave the first-team players a lift.
"Obviously Flanno played a lot of games, it never fazed him, he had a great attitude towards it and he made a big contribution. The contract he's got is a reward for the work that he's done. I'm sure he'd be the first one to pay tribute to the work done by the academy staff who've brought him this far.
"They've given him over to us and they've given us a very good player, and it's up to us to try to develop him even further. He just needs to continue to build on the good start he's made. He never got carried away with the success he had and the many complimentary words that were spoken about him, and I'm sure he won't get carried away with signing a new contract.
"Sometimes you rest on your laurels but I'm sure he won't."