Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Gives Reds Boost in Their Big-Name Hunt

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 20, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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The winds of change are kicking up a storm at Anfield this summer, and Liverpool's squad has already taken a completely new look compared with the one that finished the 2013-14 season.

The Reds are set for their Champions League return after finishing second in the English top flight last term, but even that may not be enough to lure football's top names to Merseyside.

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Alexis Sanchez recently passed on a move to Brendan Rodgers' side in order to force through a switch to Arsenal, but the manager doesn't believe his club will have any issues drawing in the world's elite, per Sky Sports:

I don’t think so. That [Sanchez] was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go - simple as that. It’s been the other way. Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as a club and really excited about coming to Liverpool.

It wasn't due to a lack of ambition by the club. It was about where the player and his family wanted to choose to live. He’s a fantastic player and would have suited us. His profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on.

Rodgers has used the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, reinvesting that money to buy the likes of Adam Lallana (Southampton), Lazar Markovic (Benfica), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen) and Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

However, there remains some renovation to be completed, and Rodgers continued, outlining his intent for the club's summer rebuilding:

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. But we certainly won't spend just for the sake of spending. It has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us. We are working hard behind the scenes to find players, but it will not be a direct replacement. We are looking for several players who can add to what we have and improve us again.

Filling the void left by Suarez will be a particularly difficult task, but let us not forget that upon his arrival from Ajax, the controversial Uruguayan was not the same household name he is today.

And in that vein of thought, Rodgers will look to unearth new heroes at Anfield, with Duncan Castles of The Times suggesting that Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is closing in on his move:

Many of Europe's elite will be familiar with Liverpool as a legacy and the club have a historical advantage over other clubs in that theirs is a storied and chronicled tale, which many players find to be an attractive prospect.

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Irrespective of this allure, however, it's important that Rodgers brings in the players he needs in the positions that need it, whether those inbound stars happen to be established superstars or not.

Some of the club's lower-profile acquisitions, or even those grown in-house, may rise to become the Reds' brightest components, but the helmsman is as confident as ever that his side may still compete for the very best.