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New faces needed to dig Liverpool out of hole

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will have plenty of talking to do in the coming days as he tries to lift shattered confidence in the dressing room and improve his side's stuttering season.

With principal owner John Henry arriving for this weekend's Merseyside derby the Scot is also likely to have a chance to discuss the possibilities of bringing in reinforcements before the end of the transfer window.

Wednesday’s 2-1 reverse at Blackpool represented a second successive defeat for Dalglish since his return as manager at the weekend, and left the 59-year-old under no illusions over the size of his task.

He admitted at Bloomfield Road that it was a “big challenge” to turn things around but remains confident the players have what it takes to make the change.

Dalglish, preparing for the visit of Everton on Sunday, has publicly stated he is happy with the squad but there are areas in desperate need of attention.

The entire left-hand side needs overhauling while striker Fernando Torres requires support both in terms of service and also in shouldering the goalscoring burden.

Bringing in players who can genuinely fill the wide positions on either flank would also be of some benefit.

Director of football strategy Damien Comolli is the man Dalglish will turn to if Henry gives the go-ahead for investment in the squad.

“I'm sure they'll improve but whether there's going to be any players coming in or moving around I don't know,” said the manager.

“I can always make a request, it might not always be accepted.

“I've never breached the subject with money being available with the owners.

“If there is the possibility of bringing somebody in we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

“At the moment I've not asked for anybody and I've not enquired for finances.”

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