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Dalglish keeps Liverpool transfer cards close

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Kenny Dalglish believes he faces a huge challenge this summer after insisting it will take "a hell of a player" to improve the Liverpool squad he has assembled over the past 12 months.

The Reds boss has spent more than £100million revamping his playing staff, helping them to the Carling Cup trophy last month.

Having also earned themselves a return to Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final following last weekend's 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Anfield, Liverpool look to have turned a corner under the stewardship of Dalglish, who successfully ended the club's six-year wait for a major trophy in his first full season in charge during his second stint as manager.

The players have come into criticism for a number of under-par performances in the Premier League, with the club's home form proving particularly frustrating this term.

Their inconsistency has left Liverpool way off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification, but Dalglish is reluctant to criticise members of his squad.

"These players have done fantastically well and if anyone is going to come in they will have to be a hell of a player to do better than what (this group) has done," he told the Daily Mail.

"These boys are in pole position and they are sitting there comfortable; not one of them can be disappointed with what they have contributed this season. We are not going to be sharp to get rid of anyone."

Liverpool are expected to be busy again when the transfer window reopens in June, but Dalglish is keeping his cards very close to his chest when it comes to identifying potential targets.

"We have not had any discussions about funds (with Liverpool's owners)," he added. "I wouldn't know (how much there is to spend). Someone else is in a position to discuss that with them and then they will come back and say there's the budget.

"As we have always said whatever John (W Henry) and Tom (Werner) can afford will go on players. They have always done that since they came in and they will continue to do it."

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