Kenny Dalglish vows to keep spending at Liverpool

11 July 2011 11:24
Kenny Dalglish is confident of adding more new faces to his Liverpool squad ahead of the new season.

Dalglish has added Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson to his midfield and remains favourite to land Aston Villa's Stewart Downing after having a ?15million bid knocked back last week.

A number of fringe players could be set to leave Anfield and Dalglish said: 'We are happy with the business we have done so far.

Reds on tour: Charlie Adam (left), Jamie Carragher and Kenny Dalglish (right) in Guangzhou

'Hopefully we will do some more business before the window closes but I'm not going to give names because that's disrespectful.

'We are looking to bring other players in and that could mean we expect some to leave. That's football but we have a while to go yet and we'll see what we can do.'

The one they want: Stewart Downing

Adam flew out to China for a mini-tour of the Far East but Henderson has stayed at home after playing for England Under 21s at the European Championships in Denmark.

Skipper Steven Gerrard and goalkeeper Pepe Reina have also been left behind but the key pair should be fine for the start of the campaign.

Gerrard is continuing his rehabilitation from groin surgery which ended his campaign in mid-March while Reina had a double hernia operation last month.

'Steven is injured at the moment and that's why he's not here with us,' said Dalglish in Guangzhou, where the team will play their first friendly in China on Wednesday.

'He has made a fantastic recovery from his operation towards the end of last season.

'He just needs to get the final couple of niggles out of the way and then he will be fit for the start of the season against Sunderland.

'I know people are disappointed he isn't here with us but the disappointment would be far greater if he couldn't play the first (Premier League) game.

'That is why he has stayed at home, to rest and to have the best chance of being fit for the start of the season.

'The same situation applies to Pepe (Reina) - he had a double hernia operation in June.

'He isn't fit and so had to stay at home. He should be ready for the start of the season.'

On the mend: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has not played since March

Speaking in China, Adam thanked Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish for showing faith in him after Blackpool rejected the Reds' initial advances for the player in January.

Adam admitted it was a 'tough' period for him during the winter transfer window when the Seasiders decided to resist Liverpool's approach and hold onto a player they saw as vital to their hopes of staying in the Barclays Premier League.

Blackpool were ultimately relegated on the final day of last season, and after Liverpool renewed their interest in the former Rangers man, a deal was finally completed last week. Adam is now looking forward to his opportunity at Anfield.

Delighted: Adam thanked Dalglish for showing faith in him

The 25-year-old said: 'I'm delighted to eventually be here. Obviously it was tough in January with the decisions that were made and I respected Blackpool in that and I have now been able to come here and join a wonderful club, a massive club that is well known all over the world.

'Obviously I'd like to thank the manager for bringing me here and it is a step in my career I'm looking forward to.

'I want to learn and there are some of the best players in the world at this club so if I can learn from them I am going to improve as a player. That is my aim.'

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