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Dalgish: Reds can attract big names

May 27, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Kenny Dalglish is confident Liverpool can still attract top-quality players despite missing out on European qualification for next season.

Kenny Dalglish
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The Reds' manager believes the five-time European champions' reputation throughout football will be enough to draw top players to Merseyside.

Liverpool missed out on a Europa League berth on the final day of the Premier League season after they were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur defeated Birmingham City.

"I've heard people say us not playing in Europe means we won't be an attractive proposition for some players. I disagree," the Scot told LFC Weekly.

Dalglish turned around the Reds' season after taking over from Roy Hodgson in January and also oversaw the arrival of striking duo Andrew Carroll and former Ajax star Luis Suarez.

"The history and tradition of this club makes us attractive whether we are or aren't involved in European competition. If a player thinks otherwise we are better off without him."