Despite Brendan Rodgers claiming that the Reds need quality over quantity this summer, the Kop boss has admitted that the transfer policy of owners Fenway Sports Group is unlikely to change.
As the Liverpool Echo reports, our American owners are in favour of signing young players who can then be worked with to develop their full potential – something Rodgers has proved extremely adept at during his time at Anfield.
Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe, Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho have all progressed under his guidance and become integral members of his first-team side.
Nonetheless, the Echo believes that Rodgers will have money to spend this summer, with the departures of a number of key players freeing up space in the club budget.
They tip Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Brad Jones to lead the exodus, with Iago Aspas, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert, Sebastian Coates and Luis Alberto set to follow. Kolo Toure, Jose Enrique and Javier Manquillo could also be at risk.
A number of former Liverpool players, including Phil Thompson (via Sky Sports), has urged Rodgers to seek out experienced players this summer, including one of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain or Jackson Martinez.
However, Rodgers has faith that FSG are doing what’s right for Liverpool. He told the Echo: “The owners have great belief in their model.
“How they work has brought them success in their many businesses. They are not about to rip up the plan. They will continue to support the work they believe in which is wanting to get young players in who can be developed.
“If there’s a possibility of a senior player who can help the team and the value is right and that availability and affordability is there for them then I’m sure they will look at it.
“Yes, the likes of Stevie are moving on and that’s something we have to deal with, but I think the nucleus of the squad will hopefully be the same next season.
“We need to bring in a few players to improve the starting XI but it certainly won’t be as many as last summer. It will be more settled. We have to look to improve the team and that’s going to be critical for us.”