Rodgers wants to bring in proven talent to bolster Liverpool’s European aspirations

Brendan Rodgers is to look to proven talent in the upcoming transfer window as he seeks to bolster his club’s Champions League chances after a fine start to the season, reports The Guardian.

The Northern Irishman is hoping to repeat such successful transfer deals as the captures of Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho in January, and while he admits that his immediate plans have not altered following the recent loss to league leaders Arsenal.

That said, Rodgers is all too aware of the need to keep up with the competition and to continue squad strengthening, and hopes to bring in players with proven track records to continue the Reds’ resurgence.

He said: “We need to bring in players for the team. We’ve got a squad and we’ve got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team. We did that last year and benefited from that.

“We know what we need to improve and we know the areas we need to improve but it’s all about timing and all about affordability and can we do it? I always hope that in each window we can improve the team and if we can do that we can rightly be up there.”

He has also said that while he will seek proven players, they do not necessarily need to already be household names – and would not think twice about bringing in a player like Coutinho, who was relatively unknown when he arrived at Anfield.

Rodgers continued: “In January it’s difficult but our recruitment guys are working very hard to try to identify that type of player that can come in. Last January we got Daniel Sturridge for the money we brought him in for, the same as Wilfried Bony went to Swansea, and he has been brilliant.

“There are players out there but you’ve got to dig deeper to get them in and sometimes they might not be household names but they could have the quality. When Daniel came in there were big question marks and he’s answered those questions.

“Probably a lot of people had never heard of Coutinho but you can see he’s a top young player. That’s the challenge for us and the reality of where we are. There will be players that want to come but they’ll maybe want Champions League football. We can’t worry about it, we just need to find players that can make the difference for us.”

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