Liverpool supporters could take small comfort from the struggles of Manchester's City and United as both sides failed to qualify from their Champions League groups last night.

But Reds' manager Kenny Dalglish will have used the last round of fixtures to scout a number of transfer targets ahead of the January transfer window.

Dalglish used Tuesday and Wednesday's matches to scout Liverpool targets Eden Hazard, Phillipe Coutinho, two of Europe's brightest young prospects who have regularly been linked with a move to Merseyside.

Inter Milan's Christian Chivu and Philippe Coutinho have also been linked with moves to Liverpool, while Barcelona's Seydou Keita is another transfer targ