Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool owners have shown their ambition in signing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez

Club chiefs had hoped for more January recruits
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is delighted at the club's dealings in the January transfer window, and has said the news owners have shown fans their ambition with the signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

Liverpool cushioned the blow of losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50 million by signing Carroll from Newcastle United for £35m and striker Suarez for £22.7m.

And Dalglish believes the January moves represent a statement of intent from John Henry and co.

"It just shows their ambition and determination to move the club forward," he said at a press conference.

"They said when they came in that they wanted the club back to where it should be and this was the first opportunity to show their ambition and they’ve certainly done that.

"They actually were a little disappointed that we didn’t get more players in. That’s a good thing.

The deals also represent the first involvement in transfers of director of football strategy Damien Comolli.

Dalglish would not disclose how involved Comolli was in identifying Liverpool's targets, but indicated the two had worked together successfully in securing the signings.

He added: "I think anybody that knows anything about football would have identified, certainly Luis [Suarez] a few years ago and Andy in the last couple of years so we’re not here to apportion who did what, we’re just here to work together as a club and everybody’s got a responsibility in their job will take that responsibility, we’ll sit and chew the fat, we’ll discuss things behind closed doors and come up with a solution.

"And if we get some of them right then we’re going to be in a good state.

"The two lads are very highly respected and known footballers and everybody would’ve known them.

"There’s a lot people sitting their wishing that they had these two people in their staff as well."

Suarez gave Liverpool fans a glimpse of what to expect with a goal on his debut in the 2-0 against Stoke City on Wednesday night night and they are already rubbing their hands at the prospct of Carroll starting alongside him.

And while Chelsea fans are convinced they got the better deal with Torres, Dalglish said time will tell.

"For us, we’re absolutely delighted with the two lads coming in," he said.

"If we’ve lost one [Torres], we’ve lost one.

"I don’t know whose gain it is and neither will anyone until such time that years have gone by.

"So we’re delighted to have these two players in and the most important people are the people at this football club and the people that care for this football club.

"Whatever Chelsea think, they think, it’s not my problem. We’re just delighted with what we’ve got.

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