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Dalglish targets 'highest calibre' signings

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has revealed that the Reds will only sign top notch players in the summer transfer window.

The Reds boss has changed the clubs fortunes since taking over at Anfield in January, taking the Merseysiders from the lower echelons of the Barclays Premier League to a top six finish.

Much speculation has surrounded Liverpool in recent months, with many predicting wholesale changes as the Scot looks to make his mark on the side. However, Dalglish confirmed that whilst there are changes in the pipeline, targets will have to meet strict criteria.

"The people we'll be looking at are of the highest calibre, because the players here have done really well since January. It would be disrespectful to them not to look at players who are high calibre," the Scot told the media during his Liverpool press conference.

"We've had a great end to the season. There will be lots of work done in the close season and we'll take it from there. Movement is part and parcel of a football club in the summer. We'll be no different. Although it might affect them, players themselves expect new faces to come in and give the place a lift. It'll happen and they know it'll happen.

"We've had a lift from our own young players coming in and freshening it up a bit. If we get some quality people in to go along with the people already here, that will help everyone. It always helps to freshen up the dressing room, but if we're bringing anyone in they've got to be better than what we've got - and that's going to be a big ask."


 

Dalglish also spoke on Alberto Aquilani, the Italian international who is currently out on loan at Juventus and could return to the Reds after parties failed to agree a fee for the former Roma star.

The Rafa Benitez signing struggled to adapt to life in England when he first arrived at Anfield back in 2009, but the Liverpool legend is confident he can still make an impact.

"There's a distinct possibility he could be back here. He's a quality player. He got off to a bad start here with his injuries and never really got going after missing pre-season," the Liverpool boss continued.

"He went out on loan and has done very well over there. If he was to come back here, for me that would be like a new face coming in."

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