Rodgers is eyeing experience

Brendan Rodgers concedes that Liverpool need to focus on bringing in experience during the January transfer window.

Last Updated: 19/01/13 at 11:37 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Looking to bring the right players into Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers: Looking to bring the right players into Liverpool

The Reds' owners, Fenway Sports Group, have placed plenty of emphasis on the acquisition of young talent since sweeping into the Anfield boardroom.

Keeping one eye on the future is no bad thing, providing the present is also catered for.

Senior stars such as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have queried of late as to whether that has been the case and Rodgers admits the pair have a point, with it important to find the right mix of youth and experience.

He said: 'I have got a terrific relationship with the guys there (FSG).

"I will always do in my role what I think is best for the team and club. That is all I can do. It's not my money and not my club. I'm here to manage the group and, hopefully, we will get the players in to take us forward.

"I have got no complaints with the owners. They allow me to work and work well. If you ask any manager, they will always look for a young player that they can develop. But there are certain times when you need that experience.

"Look at (Robin) van Persie as the example. If you bring him in at 29, there is absolutely no question that he reinvigorates Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes. He also gives the young players something too.

"If we bring in an experienced player of the right quality, there would be no question of Steven Gerrard getting a boost from it; Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger and the young players would feed off it. That is the importance. If you are going to be up there fighting for titles, you need the right blend."

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Rodgers has been linked with an approach for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, a man with UEFA Champions League and international experience aplenty, and he admits there is money to spend.

He added: "We have got money that can be reinvested back into the team.

"We are just looking for the right players who fit the profile we want. It is going to take time. But I will certainly always say what I feel is right for the team."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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