Club Focus – Liverpool – Babel out as Dalglish tries to bring in Suarez

In a week which has seen a bid for 24-year-old Dutchman Ryan Babel accepted and Liverpool being linked with a big-money move for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, club owners John Henry and Tom Werner met with Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to discuss a number of issues including transfers.

The Reds are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, and although Dalglish insists he is happy to work with the players he has at his disposal, new arrivals at the club would undoubtedly make the task of securing a top-six finish a whole lot easier. In the past, Dalglish has refused to comment on how much money has been made available and the Reds legend has continued with that approach, however he has now admitted that the club will back him in the transfer window.

“As long as we are responsible we can go and look for players, try to sign them and bring them in here,” Dalglish said. He added: “Every time I go into the transfer market I am responsible and I will continue to be. I will try and spend the club’s money as diligently as I would spend my own.” This statement of intent will bring comfort to the fans, who have heard much about potential players coming to Anfield in recent weeks, but have been unsure about the commitment of the new owners.

Indeed, until the owners actually purchase a player, there will be an air of uncertainty at Anfield. Although Henry and Werner appear to be respectable, good people, there are some doubts over their plans for the club. A transfer would ease those nerves and keep the fans on board. A move for a quality player and World Cup star such as Suarez would definitely silence the doubters. The new owners may have sacked the relatively unpopular figure of Roy Hodgson, but they still have some serious convincing to do.

However, the main aim at the club is still to win football matches, regardless of incomings and outgoings. Dalglish is still chasing his first win in his second stint as Liverpool boss – and the Scotsman could get that victory against Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side this weekend. Wolves, who embarrassed Liverpool on home soil under Roy Hodgson just a few weeks ago, currently sit second-bottom in the Premier League table, just five points behind the Reds. A Wolves win would see them come within touching distance of the Merseysiders and would suck Liverpool in to a relegation battle.

Although that prospect seems unlikely, it could become reality. Liverpool have won just one of their 11 away games this season, scoring a miserly eight goals in the process. Wolves’ home form is better – McCarthy’s men have won just under half their games on home soil and all but four of their total league points this season have come at Molineux. This may look like an easy fixture for the Reds on paper, but Dalglish’s side will have to be at their best if they are to end their away day hoodoo.

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