Liverpool Transfer News: 'Top Players' Brendan Rodgers Must Target This Summer

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Liverpool Transfer News: 'Top Players' Brendan Rodgers Must Target This Summer
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that his club will be in for a host of "top players" in the summer but has warned that spending money is not a guarantee of success. 

Sky Sports reported on the former Swansea coach discussing the future for Liverpool and the philosophy that he wants to drill into all of his players.

They quote the Irishman as saying:

Once you put your ideas in place and once the players start to crack it, then we will have success. Money can't buy that. Teams spend a billion quid and it does not guarantee anything.  We will be in the market for good and top players but there is more to it than that.

The money is great and we will be in the market to compete but what is important is still having a vision of how you want the club to progress. It is about coaching and man management and dealing with people, having a great staff, finding a cause for the players to fight for.

All of that comes into it and that is something we have done in the period I have been here. The players believe in it and the work has got them the rewards.

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Liverpool have had a hugely successful campaign under Rodgers and move from strength to strength.

His attacking philosophy has paid dividends for the Merseyside giants, with the team scoring an impressive 76 goals in the Premier League this year, per Squawka.

Merseyside football writer for the Times, Tony Barrett acknowledged Rodgers contribution and coaching philosophy but also highlighted Liverpool's lack of a recent signing, tweeting:

To move Liverpool on the next level and achieve regular Champions League football, Rodgers must address his weak defensive contingent and buy accordingly.

One such player he should target is French international centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

The Porto footballer is one of the world's hottest defensive names right now as the best clubs in Europe look to recruit him.

In recent weeks, Mangala has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as reported by Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star

Cross writes that the defender has a £35 million buy-out clause. It is this bracket of player that Rodgers will need to recruit to truly advance Liverpool back to the summit of European football where they once reigned supreme.

A cheaper option for Liverpool could be Arsenal's Bacary Sagna. 

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Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that the French international right-back's contract is due to expire, making him a free agent this summer. 

His experience would be make him a fine addition to Liverpool's cause, and despite what would constitute a large investment in wages for the player, he would be worth it.

His Premier League knowhow is a rare commodity for an individual who has many miles left in the tank. 

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If Rodgers can add two top-class defensive players to his already brilliant attacking squad, Liverpool will not only make noises in the Champions League next year: They could also win it. 

Players such as Mangala and Sagna would give the Reds the depth of quality they need to progress and, with Rodgers' philosophy now fully implemented, would give Liverpool the grounding for many years of success.

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