After a busy winter transfer window that saw them bring in Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan and Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Reds will be an active participant in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Speaking out after his side's shock loss to Southampton on the weekend, Rodgers said that whilst he was looking for more players, the key was to add quality and not quantity, and that his search to bring in new players would be dependent on that criteria.
There is no doubt there is a natural rebuilding that will come with the likes of Jamie Carragher retiring. I am happy with the squad if I can then put another three or four quality players to it. It is quality we are after, not quantity. We see Coutinho and Sturridge's quality in January, if we bring in another three or four players of that quality and add that to what we have got then we have got a strong squad.
You want between 20 and 22 players. I'm talking about two in every position and your three goalkeepers. Then below that having young players who can support that. 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.
Rodgers also went on to highlight that the Merseyside club are much better off than they were in the previous summer transfer window, with no real glaring needs. Last year, the former Swansea manager brought in Joe Allen and Fabio Borini to the club, with Nuri Sahin joining on loan, but they all failed to produce what many had expected them—leaving Liverpool somewhat short in attack.
That was until the winter transfer window, where the arrival of Coutinho and Sturridge have seemingly reignited Liverpool's attack and has them primed for a strong season next year—especially if they can add in further depth, like Rodgers seems to desire.
The biggest question for the Merseyside club to answer then is as to what positions need "strengthening" with world-class talent, and what areas need more depth?
A new central defender seems likely to be brought into Anfield this summer, with Jamie Carragher's pending exit. Martin Skrtel isn't as consistent as some would like and has been shown up several times throughout the year, so expect some change to be found in that department.
Adding in another striker also wouldn't be the worst thing for Liverpool given their reliance on both Suarez and Sturridge this season. Borini hasn't thrived in his time at the club, and with Andy Carroll's future unsure, further depth up front could be beneficial to the Merseyside club in 2013-14.
Either way, with a rumored £20 million available to spend in the transfer window, expect Liverpool to be very active in bringing in new players for the year ahead. They have the makings of a very strong team in 2013 that will once again challenge for a top-four spot and can seemingly secure a big year in the Premier League by bringing in the right players over the transfer window.
Just who that will be, however, still remains to be seen.
Who should Liverpool try sign over the summer transfer window?
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