Quality over quantity for Reds
15 May 2014, 11:20
Cape Town - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is looking for quality over quantity when signing players this European summer.
Rodgers, who was named LMA Manager of the Year, was quick in bringing eight new players to Anfield last summer, but he does not anticipate being so busy this time around, insisting he would love to add a couple of 'top players' to his squad.
"I don't want to put a figure on how many but I would rather have one or two absolute top players than seven that might not help us," he told Liverpool's website.
"It's about the quality. We can't be going into the Champions League this year with doubts about players.
"We have to be going in knowing what the players' capacity to play is and their capabilities."
And Rodgers admits that he wants his deals done sooner rather than later.
"Ideally you would want to get things done beforehand but it is difficult because transfers are so complex," he said.
"The World Cup does make it difficult but the club and ourselves have been preparing for quite a few months now so we will try and get the business done as early as we can."
According to Sky Sports, Rodgers believes it will also be easier to integrate new players due to the fact that most of the squad already know how he likes things to be done.
"Two years ago, when I came in, I was looking to introduce new ideas but a lot of the players weren't there because of the European Championship," he said.
"That affected the start of the season. At least this summer we have the principles bedded in place and the players that come in will be the profile we want. It should be better for us this summer."
Although Rodgers' attention will be focused on strengthen his squad with new players, he will also want to hold onto the quality players already at the club. With speculation surrounding Luis Suarez's future, the Liverpool boss will be doing everything in his power to keep the Uruguayan at Anfield.