Liverpool transfers: Rodgers wants summer deals done early

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers wants Reds to conduct their business as soon as possible this summer as he looks to strengthen

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to conduct their transfer business as soon as possible this summer as he looks to strengthen his squad.

The Reds, who host Queens Park Rangers at Anfield in their final game of the season on Sunday, will finish seventh in the Premier League after Rodgers’ first year in charge of the Merseysiders.

And the Northern Irishman has revealed that he is keen to freshen up his squad early on in the summer transfer window.

“Like any club, you want to do your business as early as you possibly can,” said Rodgers, who has been linked with swoops for the likes of Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Sporting Lisbon centre-half Tiago Ilori.

“We’ll look to reinforce over the summer months – come the beginning of the season, we would hope we have a squad ready to challenge.”

Rodgers has received praise for the positive impact January acquisitions Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have made since arriving at Anfield.

But the Liverpool boss says the credit should go the club’s scouting “brilliant” department.

“The scouts are doing a terrific job in their diligence and their work,” he continued.

“They’re leaving no stone unturned in terms of the work they are carrying out in order to get us the players we need to improve.

“That process started just after the window – once we got the staff in we needed, they got to work straight away and we saw the benefits of that over the course of January.

“Hopefully we can have a similar window, a real positive one, in the summer.”

Rodgers added: “We really have to make sure we’re getting the right types of players in and if we can do that, I believe that we can kick on again. As a start point, it’s much better.

“There are no bids in for anyone yet. There’s a lot of work going on off the field, our staff and people at the club are doing a brilliant job in identifying the types of profile that we want to bring in.

“There’ll be a natural transition in the summer because we need to improve our depth. The squad was very shallow throughout the season and we know we need to improve that. That will happen.”

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