Kenny Dalglish says that he isn’t only concentrating on bring new blood to Liverpool this summer, but is intent on investing time on youth in order to build a squad to challenge for honours in the future.
Youngster Conor Coady put in a stellar effort for the Liverpool side in the side's friendly against Guangdong on Wednesday, scoring his first goal in a Liverpool shirt, having been given a crack at first-team action by Dalglish.
And the Liverpool boss believes that youngsters like Coady, who have come up through the ranks of Liverpool's youth academy, will be future stars as the historic club aim to fight for trophies once more.
“It was great to see Conor Coady last night and also nice that when he scored Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom, two players he has grown up with, were on the field at the same time and were there to congratulate him,” Dalglish said of Coady's goal.
“One of the things we are really proud of is how well the Academy is developing since the Spanish coaches came in. You can't get success just by buying players, you have to bring through your own as well.
“We are all very proud of what is being achieved at our Academy and long may it continue.”
Dalglish will have spent over £100 million since taking over the Liverpool in January, though the £50 million sale of Fernando Torres has somewhat offset the huge outlays. A
And, after Dalglish took the side from a mid-table spot in January to pushing for Europa League qualification by the end of the season, owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have put their faith in the former-Liverpool star to come through with the goods this summer.
The Scot has backed owners FSG to continue their significant investment in Liverpool, as the Merseyside club look to make more moves in the transfer window.
“If someone comes up who is of interest we will try our best,” Dalglish said.
“No-one can point the finger at John [Henry] and Tom [Werner] and say they haven't supported us financially.
“They have been fantastically supportive since January when Fernando Torres went and we brought Andy Carroll straight in, along with Luis Suarez who was coming in anyway.”
Liverpool have so far confirmed two signings this summer, with Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam both moving to Anfield, and Stewart Downing looks set to be the club’s third. Dalglish will certainly have put his own stamp on the side when they run on to the pitch against Sunderland on August 13.