Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Explains Reds' Signings, Future Plans

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool applauds the crowd after the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool finish as runners-up in the Premier League.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers is keen to continue strengthening his Liverpool squad after the departure of Luis Suarez but admits he "won't spend just for the sake of spending," as reported by Sky Sports.

The Northern Irish boss also confirmed that the signing of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic aren't a direct response to Suarez's Barcelona switch, as noted in the aforementioned report:

The signings we have made have no relation to Luis going, absolutely – these were players that were always earmarked to come in. We felt last year we just never had the depth and we are in the Champions League this year so we have to ensure we have as strong a squad as possible.

Obviously Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool takes on Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffi
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Importantly, Rodgers indicates he won't be rushed into buying new players just to make up for Suarez's departure. The Uruguayan star scored 31 goals in the Premier League last year. He suggests only individuals who can "improve" Liverpool will be targeted, while also confirming the board are "working hard behind the scenes to find players," as per Sky Sports.

Ominously, Tony Barrett of The Times confirms funds accumulated through Suarez's sale are still up for grabs:

Alexis Sanchez was rumoured to be part of the Suarez deal before he signed for Arsenal, as per Jason Burt of The Daily Telegraph, leaving many Liverpool fans disappointed. Rodgers indicates the player preferred the thought of living in London over Merseyside, saying his lack of Liverpool appearance "wasn't due to a lack of ambition by the club," as noted by Sky Sports.

This is surely an important realisation for those who presumed Rodgers overlooked Sanchez's signing. The former Barcelona star certainly offers comparable dribbling skills and elusiveness to Suarez but would have found it extremely difficult to replace the Uruguayan's goals. Add in the weight of expectation the Kop would heap on him, and Sanchez's choice becomes clear.

Although Rodgers failed to pinpoint exact alternatives, his quartet of signings already provide Liverpool with extra tactical options next season. Lambert's powerful, burly nature means the Reds can take a more direct approach if needed, with traditional hold-up play now available via a forward who is sure to work doggedly for his boyhood club.

Lallana and Markovic open up possibilities across the wings and the centre. Considering Raheem Sterling can cut in from wide or bomb through the middle—as he did to brilliant effect against Manchester United last season—Rodgers can offer all three a variety of roles depending on the situation. Lallana doesn't possess explosive pace, but his ball retention and passing can set his team-mates free.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Brendan Rodgers (R) the manager of Liverpool chats with Raheem Sterling after his side's 6-3 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in C
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Rodgers is expected to add another forward to his line-up, perhaps in the shape of Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy, as reported by Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express. The Frenchman has the finishing ability to become a favourite at Anfield, as detailed here, and would be a smart choice for a manager who is prioritising quality over quantity.

Liverpool have the ambition and basic squad to compete across all fronts, but it's Rodgers' ability to land further talent that will dictate whether they will quickly overcome Suarez's move. The headlines write themselves in this situation, as if Rodgers' new signings fail to make a quick impact, pressure will ramp up.

As such, it's easy to see why the impressive boss will take time before investing. He has the opportunity to build a Liverpool team capable of consistently winning silverware across the coming years, backed by a decent budget. Suarez's exit ensures a slight transition needs to take place, a challenge which ranks up there with the toughest of Rodgers' career so far.