Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool need to spend big money in the summer despite the emergence of some exciting youngsters.
Reds boss believes squad needs strengthening
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists they need to spend big money in the summer despite the emergence of some exciting youngsters.
The Liverpool squad has been boosted by the development of the likes of Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this season, with the quartet showing promise for the future.
However, Dalglish believes the emergence of the home-grown talent cannot be used as an excuse not to splash the cash in this summer's transfer window.
Dalglish, who is still waiting to find out if he will be appointed the club's permanent manager, believes there is a lot of investment needed in new players if Liverpool are to be challenging for honours next season.
"It's important that there is room for development for players, but it's also important that you don't use it as an excuse not to spend money and not improve what you've already got," said Dalglish.
"As I have said before, age does not determine their ability to play. So if we're convinced we have young players who are maybe better than what's available, then we'll keep our younger players. There's no two ways about it.
"That does not say we don't want to improve as a football club in any way, shape or form. But we do need to leave some path open if we do think there are players who can come in.
"If they develop then fine, if they don't, we've got a problem. But if you buy a player in and he doesn't produce, you've got a bigger problem."
A number of players are set to come and go at Anfield this summer and Dalglish is hoping the club's owners Fenway Sports Group will spend big again like they did in January for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
"Every football club after May knows where they stand," added Dalglish. "You know what you need and there's always going to be business done by all clubs.
"The better the business, the more successful the club is going to be. That just doesn't mean buying players and letting players go, it's about developing what else you have.
"This summer is going to be very important, not just for Liverpool Football Club, but every football club.
"And the better decisions you make, the better business you do, the better chance you have of setting yourself up for next season."
Dalglish has helped transform Liverpool's fortunes since replacing Roy Hodgson at the Anfield helm in January, but the Scot insists there is still a lot of work to do.
Work in progress
"I think the best phrase for now is 'work in progress'. For everybody - the owners and the football side of it," continued Dalglish.
"I don't think it would be right to judge anything at this moment in time. We have to wait a while and see what happens in a year or two. It's positive work in progress."
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