Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool‘s summer transfers will show intent and make sure that the Reds are genuine title contender’s next season.
In the Premier League era, there have been two instances where the Merseyside club finished second in the league. But the next season proved to be distastrous on both occasions as the Anfield outfit made mistakes in the transfer market and failed to follow up on the wonderful season before. The two seasons in question are 2001-02 under Gerard Houllier, as the Reds slipped to fifth place in 2002-03, and to seventh in 2009-10, after a glorious 2008-09 season ended with the Reds marginally missing out on the title.
Liverpool were hugely successful in the recently concluded season. Not only did the club make its long awaited return to Champions League, after five long years, it also managed an unexpected title surge, which unfortunately ended in a two point loss to eventual winners Manchester City. However, the effort put in by the club, and especially young manager Brendan Rodgers received unanimous acclaim. The Norther Irishman has insisted that there won’t be a repeat of these two seasons that saw some woeful incoming and outgoing transfers. He agreed that with the added demands of the Champions League, Liverpool will need a much greater strength in its squad . Liverpool have to make sure that the club also maintains its footing in the league and make another title challenge, but this time it should be pre-planned, and pre-emptive measures should be taken to ensure that the club doesn’t lose out on it due to a weak squad.
Rodgers has already snapped up Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert for £4million and Germany Under-21 midfielder Emre Can for £10million from Bayer Leverkusen.
There are several deals in the pipelines, as daily reports suggest and Rodgers has claimed that he is looking at players who have the ‘hunger’ and ‘ambition’ to play and prove their worth for Liverpool FC
“What we do need to do to ensure we kick on? We need to ensure we continue with our thinking in terms of the types of players we’re going to bring in,” Rodgers told the ECHO.
“We want to bring in players who are hungry. They must have the ambition to want to come in and succeed here.
“We need players who there can be no doubts about their quality.
“We’re in a position now where we’re going straight into the group stage of the Champions League and we’re going into the Premier League next season with an expectation and a belief that we can win the league.
“We need players that have those qualities. That belief, players who are willing to improve and who are hungry to improve themselves. If we can get a number of signings with that profile then we can go on and build on last season.”
Rodgers is well aware that Liverpool’s summer signings have to be of that quality that helps the 18 time league winners with the required spark to make a conscious title challenge. The Reds’ summer signings were not great considering the club got in eight players in all and only Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho made any real contribution to the club’s title challenge.
It has been said for a while now that the club needs starters- players who would come and can be directly accommodated in the starting 11. When asked if he would be fetching players of a higher pedigree and potential, he said, “We have to be. It’s one where we just need good players. The position we were in last summer was that we were losing players who were cover players and it was difficult for us to bring in starters. This year the squad will change around. We will need to change the team regularly over the course of the season in order to keep the efficiency and the energy in the team. Those players who are coming in need to be capable starters. They have to be to the level that we require to perform. That is absolutely key for us this summer.”
If reports are to be believed, the club is targeting Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich; Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon; Alberto Moreno of Sevilla; Adam Lallana of Southampton and is one of the many clubs interested in the services of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.