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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has issued a warning to those players who are given a spot on the bench, maintaining that if they are unhappy then they can leave.

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Liverpool had a number of their expensive new signings on the sidelines - Andy Carroll (£35 million), Stewart Downing (£20 million) and Jordan Henderson (£16 million) - during last weekend's 2-1 victory against Chelsea.

However, the Anfield boss has claimed that it is the squad that comes first and that, while he understands players can become frustrated when they don't play, he would not hesitate to sell them if they were upsetting his balance.

Dalglish said: "The strength of the squad is always those who aren't playing. That is where you get your success from. At the end of the day, it is hard for the ones who don't play. It is hard to keep them motivated and keep them going.

"So if they come in with really good attitudes and not sulking when they are left out, it is helpful to everyone. If they are not committed to playing, it is not going to be my problem - it is going to be their problem. We will go and get people who are determined to play.

"There is disappointment if you are not playing every game. But it is a long season and everyone is going to be given their chance."

"The 11 who started at Chelsea did very well. It was great for the three boys that came on as well. They have only been in the door two minutes. For them to come in with positive attitudes hasn't done anyone any harm."

Dalglish also pointed to a photograph that showed Downing celebrating after Liverpool's last-minute winner at Stamford Bridge to illustrate this point that his team was united.

"Did you see Stewart Downing's face when Glen Johnson scored?" he asked. "Print that picture rather than use any words from me to describe how he felt. It says more than I could ever say."

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