Liverpool working hard on transfer front, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen one or two areas of his Liverpool squad before the summer transfer window closes
Brendan Rodgers has targeted a number of areas in his Liverpool squad which the new Reds manager hopes to strengthen during the summer transfer window.
The 39-year-old replaced Kenny Dalglish in May after the Reds owners were impressed by Rodgers’ success with Swansea City.
He has already underlined his desire to keep Joe Cole at Liverpool following the midfielder’s return from a season-long loan at Lille, with Alberto Aquilani also reported to have a future at the club.
“I’ve got a bunch of wonderful players here,” he told Liverpool’s website. “I’m going to take time to have a look at that. I believe there’s one or two areas that I’ll need to improve on for sure, but overall the core of the group is strong.
“But like any manager, you want to add the other pieces that can complete your jigsaw and that’s something that we’re doing over a period of time.
“This window for the summer, you either had to get your business in early or it was going to run over towards the end of the window, just purely because of all the games and holidays and championships and everything that was going on.
“We’re doing a lot of work off the field in terms of potential players to come in, but it will only be a certain type of player that will fit the model here at Liverpool.”
Rodgers took charge of his first Liverpool training session on Wednesday, and the manager has spent time outlining his philosophy and plans for the club.
“The last couple of days were really about painting the vision so that people understand what direction we’re moving in,” Rodgers added.
“We had a really good meeting with the staff on Tuesday. I just felt it was important from the very first day with the staff they understand how I work, my values and morals on and off the field.
“Then obviously for the players it’s about what I can do to help them achieve what it is they want to achieve, and let them understand the principles of how I’m going to work and look at the direction which the club is moving in.”