BRENDAN RODGERS believes Liverpool FC need “three of four quality players” this summer – and is confident the club are much better equipped for the transfer market than last year.
Rodgers admits a natural rebuilding job is required during the close season with a number of players reaching the end of the Anfield careers.
Jamie Carragher will hang up his boots while question marks remain over the long-term futures of Martin Skrtel, Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey.
Rodgers has spent more than £40million on new players since arriving last May, with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group prepared to bankroll another recruitment drive.
And the Anfield manager said: “It is quality we are after, not quantity.
“There is no doubt there is a natural rebuilding that will come with the likes of Carra going. I am happy with the squad if I can then put another three or four quality players to it.
“We see Coutinho and Sturridge’s quality in January, if we bring in another three or four players of that quality and add that to what we have got then we have got a strong squad.
“I’m talking about two players in every position and your three goalkeepers. Then below that having young players who can support that.
“Obviously, naturally there might be people who aren’t playing who might want to think about going elsewhere, but at the moment it’s a strong squad.”
Rodgers admits there were difficulties during last summer’s transfer window, effectively having to recruit players on his own with newly-appointed head of scouting and recruitment Dave Fallows and fellow scout Barry Hunter both still on gardening leave having joined from Manchester City.