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Dalglish bullish over Liverpool prospects

Rory Smith

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

Liverpool FC present new signings Charlie Adam, Alexander Doni, Stewart Downing, and Jordan Henderson. Photo: Getty Images
Liverpool FC present new signings Charlie Adam, Alexander Doni, Stewart Downing, and Jordan Henderson. Photo: Getty Images

Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool's £50m summer expenditure has provided him with a squad capable of living up to expectations raised sky-high by his return to Anfield.

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Jose Enrique yesterday became the fifth signing of the close season after he agreed personal terms on a £5.5m move from Newcastle.

The 25-year-old may even feature in Liverpool's opener against Sunderland today, alongside other captures Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and reserve goalkeeper Alexander Doni. But more so even than the "brilliant" Luis Suarez, who may play today, it is the first signing of the summer -- Dalglish himself -- which has enabled Liverpool fans to dream of returning to the Champions League and challenging for the title.

For all that his caretaker spell last season produced an upsurge in form, the Scot would be forgiven for trying to dampen expectations. Quite the reverse, though.

"We are a lot stronger than last year, and the stronger you are the better chance you have of winning more matches," said the 60-year-old. "The five guys we have brought in have strengthened the quality and depth. We will not get anywhere with 11 players, but we might get somewhere with 20.

"I know we are under scrutiny because of the players we have brought in, but the desire to be successful has not changed. It is an exciting time for us."

Dalglish was at pains to thank the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group: "The most important thing for our fans is to see the balance sheet in the red strip. They do not want to see it in pounds or dollars, they want to see it in their football team. (FSG) deserve great credit for how they have supported what we have wanted to do." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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