Dalglish: We're still working on last batch of new players
Published 17:16 30/01/12 By MirrorFootball
This time last year Liverpool rocked the transfer window with their huge outlay to sign Andy Carroll on the final day of January business - but Kenny Dalglish has ruled out any moves at all this time, choosing instead to focus on 'work in progress' at Anfield.
Carroll and Luis Suarez represented a major re-investment of the money banked from the £50million sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and the £6.7m from Ryan Babel's move to Hoffenheim.
In the summer Dalglish made further improvements by bringing in Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Doni.
He is still working on knitting together all his new recruits into a more consistently cohesive unit and even though there has been criticism over Carroll, in particular, the manager is standing by his players.
He thinks the last week, in which they reached their first final for five years with an aggregate victory over Manchester City in the Carling Cup and then knocked arch-rivals Manchester United out of the FA Cup, could be a significant marker.
Dalglish said: "It is a bit of a work in progress. With seven players coming in during the summer, plus the two in January, it is a big ask.
"If you look at the team who finished the matches in both games there were a lot of them [new signings] playing and I don't suppose many of them have played in semi-finals before.
"Although we drew against United in October, playing them in a cup tie at Anfield is a totally different thing.
"It was a great education for the new lads to see what the club stands for and what it means and I think everyone will benefit from that."
The issue for Dalglish now is to coax the same level of performance out of his players for tomorrow's trip to Wolves.
Molineux last January was where he recorded his first win after returning for a second spell as manager but there are other factors to consider.
While they may have beaten the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City this season, Liverpool have lost league games to Stoke, Fulham and Bolton and drawn against Norwich, Swansea, Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland.
After publicly criticising his players in their last Premier League outing at Bolton the 60-year-old does not think he needs to read the riot act before Wolves.
"I don't think we need any warnings. We have always gone in and played against any opposition and treated them with respect," he said.
"Everyone knows the Premier League is difficult and the quality of the teams there.
"There are no lesser teams for us. The only lesser teams are the ones we have just played; the next ones are the best ones because they are the ones coming up.
"That should be our attitude and philosophy as it has not served the club too badly in previous reigns so I don't see any reasons why we should change that.
"We would love to do better against teams that are below us in the league but we have to earn the right to take the points from those teams.
"If we don't play well enough or adapt well enough we won't get as many points as we would like."