Liverpool want Williams, Ben Arfa, Ince and Gameiro as Rodgers targets four summer signings to seal Champions League return
00:14 GMT, 13 March 2013
08:10 GMT, 13 March 2013
Brendan Rodgers has outlined his ambition to make four new signings this summer to give Liverpool’s squad the depth to become credible Champions League challengers.
Liverpool have made significant progress on the back of a positive January transfer window which saw them land Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho and Rodgers wants that to set a precedent.
He is eager to sign similar quality players in the close season and plans have already been put into place for the recruitment drive, with Rodgers wanting to have a number of options.
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Feyenoord's Stefan De Vrij and Swansea captain Ashley Williams will be considered as potential new central defenders, while Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa, Tom Ince of Blackpool and Paris St Germain’s Kevin Gameiro will also come under consideration.
'There is no doubt there is a natural rebuilding that will come with the likes of Jamie Carragher going,’ said Rodgers. ‘I am happy with the squad if I can then put another three or four quality players to it. It is quality we are after, not quantity.
'If we bring in another three or four quality players to add to what we have got, then we have got a strong squad. 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.’
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When Rodgers took over last summer, there was a feeling that Liverpool lacked a strategy in the transfer market, which contributed to the summer window ending in farce as they missed out on signing Clint Dempsey. It is why Rodgers feels it is imperative to have different options to go for.
'Of course you have an ideal target, but we are getting to a situation now where, for me, you have to have three players and if one doesn't come off you have to be comfortable with the other two – If you get one of those you are happy,’ said Rodgers.
'There is a lot of terrific work going on behind the scenes with the scouting department getting those lists together really. We never had that in the summer and what I had to go with was not what I knew but there were some key positions we needed support in.
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'What I didn't want to do was to waste the club's money. I like to be extensive and know what we are bringing in, but also we did not have the time and that was the big issue. We are much better placed now. There is great collaboration that goes on between all the departments.
'January was a productive window for us and hopefully if we do the similar in the summer then it's going to be a real good place for us.’
If Liverpool maintain the form they have shown in recent weeks until May, they may yet sneak a place in Europe. To achieve that goal, they would need to finish fifth in the Barclays Premier League and defender Jose Enrique says beating Tottenham helped the squad clear a mental block.
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'I didn't think we would win the game when Tottenham scored their second goal,’ said Enrique. ‘It is difficult to win these games. The statistics speak for themselves, look at how we have done against the top six teams this season.
'Of course, you always try to win every game, but in terms of our mentality we hadn't had good experiences of this type when we've been losing. But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results.’