Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has reason to be happy with his squad.
They've accumulated four of six possible points so far and they defeated a rival in the process.
He has reason to be happy, but not too happy.
The Scottish manager spent a lot of money this summer bringing in new faces and it is not lost on fans that it will take time for these players to gel together. That being said, they should have done better against an inexperienced, overmatched Arsenal squad at the Emirates.
The two-goal win is nice to see on the stat sheet, but this side isn't complete yet and Dalglish has a week to make something else happen, including the sale of a few disgruntled or out-of-favour players.
One such player ready for a move away from Anfield is Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The 27-year-old returned to Merseyside after spending the season on loan at Juventus but still doesn't factor into the Reds' plans with so many midfielders still in-house.
According to a report from Mirror Football, they won't sell him outright but are willing to loan the Italian out once more:
Alberto Aquilani's agent claims the Liverpool midfielder will join AC Milan on loan this week. Franco Zavaglia says he is in advanced negotiations with Milan about a season-long agreement for the Kop flop ... Milan owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed the club are keen to sign the former Roma star, who spent last season on loan at Juventus.
At best this gives both sides something to hang on to. Liverpool spent a lot to acquire Aquilani's signature, and should something go wrong with any of their new signings this year they know they still have his rights at season's end.
As for Aquilani, this will give him the opportunity to get back onto the pitch and simply play football.
Joe Cole could also be heading to QPR and Tony Fernandes' takeover at Loftus Road has given Neil Warnock the funds to land the out-of-favour Reds midfielder.
After claiming before that he could only fund 10 per cent of Cole's £90,000-a-week salary, Warnock said: 'We could probably afford 30 or 40 per cent of his wages now.'
This is another solid move for a player the Reds have gotten little use out of. The 29-year-old was another expensive get, and will find more opportunities away from the grounds at Anfield.
And finally, if the Reds can secure loans or another possible sale, there's the growing interest in Wolves forward Kevin Doyle.
The 27-year-old Irishman, according to the Daily Star, has caught the attention of Dalglish once again:
Kenny Dalglish is considering a shock £10m move for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. The Liverpool boss sent a scout to watch Doyle (left) in action for Wolves yesterday against Fulham – and the 27-year-old impressed with a smart opening goal in his side’s 2-0 win.
Dalglish is keen on adding another option with David N'Gog reportedly (via The People) on his way out.
Doyle would fill that role easily, and brings a plethora of international experience to the Liverpool bench. He's been capped 41 times by his national team and has starred for Wolves since 2009.
He'd be the top option behind Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll if Dalglish decides to pursue the interest further.
The Reds will get better, especially once Steven Gerrard comes back healthy, but it will take time.
If Dalglish can clean up his extra players and bringing in one more name like Doyle, or Hugo Rodallega, the Reds will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
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