Liverpool transfers: Rodgers eyes signings to take Reds to ‘next level’

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his squad further in the summer after spending close to £50m at Anfield

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Brendan Rodgers is expected to bolster his defensive options in the summer WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers has vowed to bring in new players capable of taking Liverpool to the “next level” in the summer transfer window.

The 40-year-old has spent close to £50m on improving his squad since replacing Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in May 2012, including Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in January.

The Reds are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and Rodgers admits he needs to strengthen his squad to make the Reds more competitive next season.

“We would have liked to bring in a few more players in the summer but we didn’t, and the group were admirable with how they coped in that period because we had a lot of games,” Rodgers told Yahoo!.

“We knew we had to bring in reinforcements in January and the board worked superbly to get those players.

“We are hopeful that come the summer we can make more additions that will take us on to the next level. The business we did in January however was excellent and that’s a great credit to the club.”

Rodgers hailed the impact of Sturridge, who has scored five goals in nine games, after the England international joined in a £12m deal from Chelsea.

He continued: “He has settled in very well, but he still has lots of aspects of his game to work on in order to achieve what he wants to and to allow him to make the kind of impact that we want.

“He has made a very promising start and as long as he maintains that same level of commitment and responsible attitude to improving, I can see him being a great signing for the club.”

The Reds boss has also been thrilled by the immediate impact of Brazil international Coutinho, with the former Inter Milan star scoring two goals and making four assists.

“When you mix (power) with technical and tactical qualities, I think that a player like Philippe will be a great addition for us.”

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