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Young forward, who scored his first goals for the club in win over Manchester City, believes the Reds can still bring in star players even if they fail to qualify for Europe

Andy Carroll feels that Liverpool have what it takes to attract the big names even if they fail to qualify for Europe.

The Reds currently in sixth place, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur - who have a game in hand. And with skipper Steven Gerrard and defender Daniel Agger out for the remainder of the season, the Merseysiders have an uphill task ahead if they are to compete in a continental competition next season.

But the record signing believes that a failure to play in Europe will not have a bearing on whether or not the club can bring in top players.

"We're just putting a team together now," Carroll said, after having opened his goalscoring account for his new employers with a powerful left-footed strike against Manchester City which was followed by a glancing header past Joe Hart in the 3-0 victory at Anfield.

The 22-year-old continued: "Me and Luis [Suarez] are new, 'Flanno' [reserve-team defender John Flanagan] played his first game at the back - and I thought he did great - and it shows what we can do for next season.

"The team spirit here is great, there are massive names here, it's a massive club and I don't see why we can't attract big names."

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