Liverpool boss admits having to sell players before he can buy big

Rodgers has to ship out deadwood before he can strengthen his Reds side… Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bring...

Rodgers has to ship out deadwood before he can strengthen his Reds side…

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in more players before the end of the month, but has to sell first in order to do so, he told the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool beat Stoke 1-0 at home to record an opening day victory, but the squad looks worryingly thin in the wide attacking positions.

Rodgers was pleased with the Stoke victory, but still wants to bring in more players before the transfer window closes in under two weeks.

“We’ve got better and better as we’ve gone on. It’s a big job here. We’re having to sell players to gain money to get players in, and obviously you’re trying to balance all that whilst trying to progress,” said the Northern Irish boss.

“But I just got the feeling in the dressing room beforehand, when the players were getting together, some of our staff were saying that it just feels different this year. There’s a spirit, a camaraderie and a togetherness there. Long may it continue,” he added.

Having sold Stewart Downing to West Ham, Liverpool only have teenage prospects Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe as backup options for Coutinho and Iago Aspas. The Reds have shipped out Jonjo Shelvey, Andy Carroll, Downing and Jay Spearing, and have recieved more money from transfers out of the club than they spent on Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Aspas.

The Reds are desperate to sign Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian playmaker Willian, who will likely cost over £30m. They face a battle with Spurs for his signature, who have already spent over £50m this summer.

Having already sold a number of players this transfer window, Reds fans will hope that the club sanction the huge bid needed to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian.

 

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