Liverpool still working hard to bring in top-class talent…
Brendan Rodgers is working hard to bring in new signings for Liverpool, he told the club’s official website.
The Reds have so far brought in Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure, but have failed to land a big-money deal all summer. In fact, if Stewart Downing completes a move to West Ham, Liverpool will have received more money this summer than they have spent.
“I’m confident we will add to the team. I don’t think there is any doubt that we need that,” claimed Rodgers.
“The players that we’ve brought in have added great depth and support to the team, but I think for us now, that little bit of quality could really set us up for an exciting season.
“Everyone at the club, the recruitment team, the board and ourselves, we are all working hard to make that happen, and hopefully we can,” he continued
“There’s money there available to get in the right types of players, but we don’t want to panic and just bring in anyone. It has to be someone who can come in and improve the team.”
Liverpool missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier in the summer, but have been consistently linked to Christian Eriksen for the past season, and reportedly lodged a £21m bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, who has now signed a new contract with the La Liga side.
Rodgers though, is adamant that his Brazilian magician should be the focus of Liverpool’s side, and wants to bring in players in wider positions to complement him.
“No question, Coutinho’s best position is the No.10,” said the Reds boss.
“And once we get the right kind of quality to put on the sides, he will play in that central role. That is where he affects the game best.
Coutinho has been outstanding for the Reds ever since his January move from Inter Milan, and has consistently wowed fans during Liverpool’s impressive pre-season.
“At the moment, he has the licence to jump in and come inside – joining in and making passes, and we accommodate defensively when he does that.”
“But there is no doubt, his best position is in the middle.”