Dalglish confident in Reds' new boys
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has admitted that it will take time for his new players to settle following the club's lavish summer spending spree.
Four of Dalglish's five new recruits started as Liverpool were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home by Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Dalglish has spent over £50 million in an attempt to re-establish the five-time European champions in the top-four after last season's sixth-place finish, and more than £100 million since the turn of the year. But Dalglish believes it will take time for Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson to gel.
"It's a big ordeal to come out and play a first game at Anfield, especially for Jose [Enrique] who only signed yesterday (Friday)," said Dalglish. "We weren't anticipating playing him because Fabio Aurelio was in last week, but he got injured, so we had no choice but to put him in.
"It's bad enough building up to your first competitive game, it's another thing being thrown into it after just 24 hours. The new boys all did something you'd remember them for in the game and all things considered, we're happy with them."
Dalglish opted to lavish praise on Sunderland's impressive second-half performance rather than focus on his own team's shortcomings after Luis Suarez's opening goal was cancelled out by Sebastian Larsson.
"Over the game, although Pepe Reina only caught a couple of headers, for their effort and commitment, a draw was about right," said the Liverpool manager.
"We might have had more chances and we're a bit unlucky in getting Andy Carroll's goal knocked off which would've put us 2-0 up, but they worked really hard and made it difficult for us. For that, they deserved a point."