Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol believes that the current squad are not up to scratch, though the defender still thinks that Kenny Dalglish is the right man for the job.

Dalglish has been under increased pressure as the Reds suffer from some of their worst league form in over 50 years. The manager spent in excess of £100 million over the last year on new players, but many have so far failed to deliver.

And though Liverpool won their match-up with Blackburn last night, and have moved to within one point of seventh-placed Everton, Nicol believes that the players are just not good enough to stand up to the bigger clubs.

"Kenny Dalglish has made progress and they should stick with him," Nicol told Talksport. "Why would you start again?

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish is the right man for the Liverpool job, according to Nicol, but the side just aren\'t good enough.

"Liverpool don't have a big enough or strong enough squad, though. Their first XI would give anyone a game, but they don't have the quality past that.

"They don't have the quality to match the top four sides."

One big factor in Liverpool's decline this season has come down to the squad's inability to convert chances into goals, and the side will no doubt be looking for a striker come summer.

The likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Darren Bent and Leandro Damiao have been linked with moves to Liverpool to help their striking crisis, though after Andy Carroll scored a last minute winner against Blackburn last night, Dalglish will be hoping the England international gets his confidence back and finally proves his £35 million worth.

Defenders may also be an issue for the club, with Lucas Leiva still currently holding the record this season for most tackles, even though the defensive midfielder has been injured since the end of November.

A lot of Liverpool's mood this season may come down to whether the club can lift the FA Cup; while they have had an unsuccessful season league-wise, looking set to finish outside the top four and only guaranteed Europa League football through their Carling Cup win, the Merseyside club may be able to show two trophies for their campaign, which is a step forward after the side went six years without a trophy.