Kenny Dalglish expects Liverpool spending to continue
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has revealed owners Fenway Sports Group are fully committed to continuing the rebuilding job at Anfield in the summer.
FSG broke the club's transfer record with the £35million purchase of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, having already secured a £22.8million deal to bring in Ajax forward Luis Suarez.
The £50million sale of Fernando Torres and the £6million brought in by Ryan Babel's transfer to Hoffenheim means the net spend in January was only £1.8million.
It would have been more had they managed to convince Blackpool to part with captain Charlie Adam.
However, Dalglish - whose chances of getting the manager's job on a full-time basis at the end of the season appear to have been boosted by the significant transfer outlay - believes there will further strengthening in the summer.
"The owners have been fantastically supportive during this window, which was busy but I think very beneficial to the football club," said the Scot.
"In fact they may be slightly disappointed they didn't get someone else.
"Anyone who had any doubts about hunger or anybody taking this club forward, they're gone now.
"In the summer we'll be looking forward to trying to enhance what we've got."
Carroll has inherited Torres' number nine shirt, worn by other Liverpool greats like Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, and he believes he is equipped to follow in their illustrious footsteps.
"Goals have always been in my game so I'm very confident I can score for Liverpool," he said.
"It's a great feeling. The number nine is a big number and the one I wanted. To get it at Liverpool is a great feeling.
"I want to go out there and play the football that has brought me here.
"I'll bring as much as I can to the team, I'll score goals, create chances, hold up the ball and just try my best really.
"They have spent a lot of money on getting me here and I just want to repay them for what they have spent.
"I'll do my best and think I can do it. I want to win trophies with this club and help push us forward."
Carroll is still a few weeks away from recovering from a thigh injury and so will not be involved against Stoke at Anfield tonight.
However, Suarez could be if his work permit and international clearance comes through in time.
The Uruguay international, who scored 111 goals in 159 matches for Ajax, has pledged to work hard to make the transition from Dutch to English football.
"My aim is to work, to show the fans how hard I am ready to work. I want to put in lots of effort, to show people my capabilities," said the 24-year-old.
"First of all I want to try to play as many games as possible and help move us up the table."
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