KENNY DALGLISH admits it’s going to be a crucial summer for Liverpool as they target the top end of the Premier League.
The Reds boss has been impressed by the way the club’s youngsters have stepped up to the mark since he took over in January.
However, Dalglish (below) says that doesn’t hide the fact that the squad needs strengthening.
“Every football club after May knows where they stand,” he said. “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.
“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.
“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.
“We do need to leave some path open if we 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.”
The Kop legend, who is still waiting to be confirmed as manager on a permanent basis, has overseen a remarkable transformation in the Reds’ fortunes since he succeeded Roy Hodgson.
A haul of 24 points out of a possible 39 has lifted them from 12th in the Premier League to sixth. Dalglish is refusing to get carried away ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Birmingham City.
“I think the best phrase is work in progress,” he said. “I don’t think it would be right to judge anything at this moment.
“We have to wait a while and see what happens in a year or two.
“I know this time around the football club is the same as last time I was here. It’s always been everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.”
Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen’s agent says the Reds midfielder has no intention of moving to FC Copenhagen.
Jorn Bonnesen said: “Danish football is of no interest to him this summer.
“Christian really likes life at Liverpool. He has a contract for another two years and will work hard to secure more playing time.”