BRENDAN Rodgers has outlined his desire for ‘three or four’ new faces to go straight into the Liverpool first team over the summer, and stressed the need for the Reds to keep bringing in players of real quality in the manner that they did in January.
“It is quality we are after, not quantity. We’ve seen Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge’s quality in January and if we bring in another three or four quality players to add to what we have got, then we have got a strong squad.
“Naturally there might be people who aren’t playing who might want to think about going elsewhere, but at the moment it’s a strong squad.
“Of course you have an ideal target but we are getting to a situation now where, for me, you have to have three players and if one doesn’t come off you have to be comfortable with the other two – if you get one of those you are happy,” he said.
Rodgers is now confident that with his scouting team up and running, he will be able to keep attracting players of the requisite class to Anfield.
“There is a lot of terrific work going on behind the scenes with the scouting department getting those lists together really. We never had that in the summer and what I had to go with was not what I knew but there were some key positions we needed support in.
“What I didn’t want to do was to waste the club’s money. I like to be extensive and know what we are bringing in, but also we did not have the time and that was the big issue. We are much better placed now. There is great collaboration that goes on between all the departments.
“January was a productive window for us and hopefully if we do the similar in the summer then it’s going to be a real good place for us.”