‘Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers trying to copy Man United’s squad depth’

Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones believes Brendan Rodgers is trying to emulate Manchester United's squad depth

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

Rob Jones believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is trying to emulate Manchester United’s squad depth after a flurry of summer signings.

The Reds boss have already snapped up Luis Alberto, Iago Apsas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet over the past few weeks, with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henkrikh Mkhitaryan also rumoured to be heading to Anfield.

Rodgers saw his Liverpool side struggle at the start of his reign last season as the Northern Irisman’s squad was left threadbare due to a spate of injuries which ravaged his first-team.

And former Reds defender Jones, who made 243 Reds appearances, reckons Rodgers is trying to copy United and have quality back-up in each position to aid the club’s push for a top-four finish next season.

“I think what Brendan is trying to do is get a good squad together,” Jones told The Sport Review.

“If you’re going to be fighting all season to get a Champions League spot, you need quality players.

“If one player is injured, you need another quality player to come in.

“I think that’s what Liverpool have lacked over recent seasons. They’ve had a top starting XI, but if you get any injuries, there was no-one to slot in.”

He added: “He’s been quite busy in the market and hopefully they can start off strong this season. He had a bad start last year and that was the problem.

“What he’s looking is do have the depth that Manchester United have. If they pick up an injury, they’ve got someone who can slot in and score a few goals.

“I think that’s what Brendan Rodgers is looking for.”

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