Date:6th May 2011 at 6:00pm
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Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that manager Kenny Dalglish will have to buy at least 3 experienced players in the summer if they want to start competing for trophies again. Barnes believes the Reds can’t solely rely on youth prospects. He told talkSPORT:
“Kenny has maximised the potential of the squad. This team still won’t win the Championship, they’ll move forward [next season] but they still need two or three players. The youngsters inclusion is fantastic but I don’t think any other manager would have been able to include youngsters, because the fans will accept Kenny including them and they’ll support them even if they don’t win or don’t play well. We don’t want to put too much pressure on these youngsters though, playing Robinson and all these youngsters week in and week out, you’re not going to win the league. You need experience.”

On this season’s prospects, Barnes said:
“I think it’s too late for Liverpool to get fourth spot particularly with Manchester City’s victory at the weekend. Liverpool can finish fifth and next season they’ll look to make a push [for the title] but they still need investment. Kenny being there is not just a breath of fresh air he understands the philosophy and traditions of Liverpool, of how the fans demand they play. The fact that he’s not been at the club or in management for 15 years has no bearing on his ability. He’s a fantastic manager, who understands football and understands Liverpool. They are a perfect fit and if Kenny had gone to a different football club it probably wouldn’t have the same impact. Going to Liverpool where all the fans and everyone connected to Liverpool is behind him, you can see the immediate impact it’s had with everyone pulling in the right direction.”

Article courtesy of Live4Liverpool