Dalglish: Keeping top men is key

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

The £50million January departure of striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea was initially seen as a long-term blow but his sale allowed the Reds to buy Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

Already the pair have shown plenty of desire and commitment - something which Torres lacked in his final few months at Anfield - and have lessened the impact of the Spain international leaving.

Director of football Damien Comolli has said he expects to have a busy summer in terms of recruitment but that is not necessarily at the expense of the current squad and the Frenchman successfully negotiated a new contract with midfielder Lucas this week.

Dalglish said they will continue to look after those players who have something to offer as the club looks to rebuild in the coming months.

"It is important if they are good players," said the Scot, whose appointment as permanent boss edged closer with the Brazil international's signature on a long-term deal - another pointer towards what now appears inevitable.

"The longer the deal is the happier we will be but the quality of the player is the important thing.

"For us we don't want to lose who we think are important people to the club."

Carroll and Suarez certainly fall into that category, having signed five-year contracts in January, and are expected to provide the firepower in the Reds' bid to catch fifth-placed Tottenham.

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