Liverpool boss wants reinforcements to take club to the "next level"

Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers targets new recruits this summer

Moaz Mobeen
Published 04/04/2013 13:27 by Moaz Mobeen, read by 1,745 people.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his squad in the summer, to take the Anfield outfit to the "next level".

The Northern Irishman admitted the club’s failure to do good business a year ago, but was optimistic about not repeating their mistakes in the future.

The Merseyside side club sent the out-of-form Andy Carroll on a season-long loan to West Ham United without bringing in a suitable replacement.

Clint Dempsey was reported to be on the Reds radar at that time and it was expected that the USA international would make a switch from Craven Cottage to Anfield close to the transfer deadline.

However, Dempsey opted to move to Tottenham instead, leaving the Reds to deal with an unwanted situation of having just Luis Suarez as the lone recognised striker in the squad.

January singings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho though served to ease the manager’s attacking woes, adding much needed firepower to the Liverpool offence.

And the 40-year-old, former Swansea City boss, is confident that the club have learnt from their mistakes of previous season, and urged them to land in more players to give further impetus to their top-four case next season.

He told the reporters: "We would have liked to bring in a few more players in the summer but we didn’t.

"The group were admirable with what they coped in that period because we had a lot of games. We knew we had to bring in reinforcements in January and the board worked superbly to get those players.

"We are hopeful that come the summer we can make more additions that will take us on to the next level.

"So there was no vindication really, just that Andy [Carroll] wanted to play games every week and at the time there wasn’t the availability to bring in a replacement. 

"The business we did in January however was excellent and that’s a great credit to the club."

The significant improvement shown by Liverpool since the turn of the year could be attributed to the arrivals of Sturridge and Coutinho in January.

The former has already racked up four goals in seven league appearances and Coutinho has established himself well in the side.


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