We're Shopping at a Different Shop to City and Chelsea: Rodgers - The New Indian Express

We're Shopping at a Different Shop to City and Chelsea: Rodgers

Published: 10th May 2014 09:25 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 04:31 PM

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool face a crucial summer in the transfer market if they are build on this year's title challenge.

Rodgers is making plans to add to his squad, with Southampton's pounds 25 million-rated Adam Lallana a prime target and Cardiff defender Steven Caulker also under serious consideration for an pounds 8 million bid.

The additional demands of Champions League football means a -minimum of four new players - who Rodgers describes as "starters" rather than squad players - is essential.

Liverpool were active in the transfer market a year ago, but only Simon Mignolet has commanded a guaranteed starting place. Mamadou Sakho, an pounds 18 million purchase from Paris St-Germain, has been in and out largely due to injury, but Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto have been barely used, Kolo Toure is a squad player and loanees Aly Cissokho and Victor Moses are out of favour.

"The players we brought in last summer were young players and players to cover," said Rodgers. "This season we need to bring in starters. One of the things watching the Manchester City game the other night is they are bringing on Jovetic who scores the goal (pounds 23-24 million), Fernandinho (pounds 29 million) and Negredo (pounds 20 million). That level of player to bring into the game is massive for you and I think this year the reality is we've been unable to do that. We have started games amazingly well. We have been up in a lot of games before the hour mark and not been able to manage the games through.

"There are going to be games next season in all the competitions, -Premier League, Champions League, whatever, when we're going to need to change the game. I have tried to do it this year with systems and different tweaks but next year it will be with personnel."

Lallana is also wanted by Manchester United, but it is understood he favours Anfield, a sign of the shift in pulling power when a side falls out of the top four. "We are shopping at a different shop to City and Chelsea but we will get players in that I think can improve us," Rodgers said. "I think we are a real attractive proposition to players through Europe. We are right on the football map now but we have work to do. There is no doubt the Champions League helps you a great deal."

On Monday's meltdown, Rodgers said: "The Crystal Palace game was probably the lowest I have felt in football," he said. "It was so unexpected. You have got to pick yourself up and go again and I analyse over the course of the season and this season has been exceptional.

"There is a great deal of learning will come out of that game. Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho: they are going to be better prepared for it.

"This is one of the best pushes for the league we have had as a club for 24 years. And you never know. We are still in it to the very end of the season, but if it doesn't work out that way we will learn from those experiences and I can guarantee we will be better next time."

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