Rodgers keeps strategic focus

Brendan Rodgers insists he will not blow the Luis Suarez windfall - and will only make strategic signings for Liverpool.

Last Updated: 24/07/14 at 10:42 Post Comment

Breandan Rodgers: Will only buy players which fit into the purpose of the Liverp

Breandan Rodgers: Will only buy players which fit into the purpose of the Liverp

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Rodgers had already brought in Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Emre Can before star striker Suarez departed for Barcelona for £75million.

Loic Remy, Dejan Lovren, Ryan Bertrand and Divock Origi are also being linked with the club but Rodgers insists he will not splash the cash for the sake of it, rather a player must fit into the purpose of the team and have the right character.

He told the Daily Express: “You only spend the money if the players are there. The money is there if the right players are available.

“What we can’t do is spend for the sake of it. The players we’ve brought in were players we wanted anyway.

“It was well documented our squad last year was too thin so we needed to bring in players to get that level and depth up.

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“Our signings are strategic. They are not just names. They all fit into the purpose of the team but, of course, we want them to make a contribution.

“If that means we do not spend all the money or the net spend is the same, then so be it.

“The character is important. It is not just about the player, but the right type of person.”

Rodgers insisted that he did not pay over the odds for England international Lallana, a £23.6million capture from Southampton.

“For British players across the board, there is always that premium and the value is always pushed up,” he told the Daily Mail.

“We paid what we thought he was worth and would not go higher.”

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till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

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would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

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ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

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