Liverpool's summer transfer dealings has been given the thumbs-up from Steven Gerrard, who believes it was as equally important to sell as it was to buy.

In terms of incomings, the Reds were particularly busy, with Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Alexander Doni, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy all moving to Merseyside before the deadline.

But Liverpool were also actively looking to ship out fringe players in order to reduce the wage bill at Anfield, with the likes of Raul Meireles, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen and David Ngog all leaving the club in one way or another.

And Gerrard has commended Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish for their slick work, and likes of the look of Liverpool's new streamlined squad.

"There's a real positivity around the place and that has come from the very top - the owners have been superb and have backed Kenny really well," he told the official Liverpool website.


"Damien Comolli and Kenny have been really smooth operators in the transfer market."

The Liverpool skipper added: "What is really important is they've shifted a lot of players who were no longer involved and sitting on good contracts.

"They've done unbelievably well to move them on. And they have brought in some quality players who are hungry and want to do well for the club.

"I'm really happy with the shape and the numbers we have in the squad and I'm excited about this season. You want to play with good players and I just can't wait to get back and lead the lads out."

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