Can Liverpool Achieve Top-Four Finish and Win Both Cups Without Signing New Players in January?


Can Liverpool Achieve Top-Four Finish and Win Both Cups Without Signing New Players in January?Kenny Dalglish said it himself: Liverpool is fighting on three fronts for the rest of the 2011-12 season. The Reds are pursuing a top-four finish in the Premier League and have the added excitement of ongoing campaigns in the Carling and FA Cups.

"We've got 16 league games left, we've got a cup final at Wembley and the fifth round of the FA Cup at home to Brighton — there's a lot for us to play for this season," Dalglish told

"Qualification for the [UEFA] Champions League is one of them. We'll try our best to do as much as we possibly can and make it as good for everybody as we can."

Liverpool is in seventh place in the Premier League after 22 games. Chelsea has a six-point lead over the Reds for the fourth spot. Distant rival Tottenham sits in third, leading them by 11 points. The task of qualifying for next season's Champion's League is a daunting one, but it is certainly not impossible.

The Carling Cup final pits the Reds against Championship (second division) club Cardiff City on Feb. 26. Liverpool will be heavily favored in that contest. The Reds can also book a place in the last eight of the FA Cup by defeating Brighton in the preceding weekend. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are, on paper, the strongest teams left in the knockout competition.

The January transfer window closes Tuesday, and we probably won't see anything like last season's deadline-day spending spree. Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll moved to Anfield for a combined £57.8 million ($90.9 million) on that fateful day.

In fact, it is unlikely that any new signings will join the LFC first team before the deadline passes. Dalglish has said it himself time and time again.

Liverpool FC remains a work in progress. Dalglish and LFC director of football Damien Comolli brought in seven new players last summer, and the squad is still fusing into a formidable unit. If the form and confidence of the current crop of Reds improve, results should follow suit. But some reinforcements could also ignite a charge up the standings.

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Can Liverpool Finish Top-Four in the Premier League and Win Both Cups Without Signing New Players in January?

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