Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool are closing in on third summer signing
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool are close to making their third summer of the transfer window.
The Merseyside club have signed Rickie Lambert, while have already a deal in principle for Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen. Rodgers claims the Anfield outfit will add more quality to their existing squad.
“I think there has been a lot of work that has been done. If you look at us as a club, we haven’t been resting over the course of the off-season, a lot of great work has gone on,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“We’ve targeted players, we’ve signed some and we’ll have more signings to come over the course of the pre-season. The idea is by the end of August we’ll have the squad together and it will be a really exciting time for us next season.”
“Next season will be equally as tough, we knew it would be tough, we had an incredible performance level and we’ll have players who want to prove themselves and the beauty is that we as a club will improve too.”
“We’ve a lot of young players who will have gained experience last season and we will bring in more players with added quality so we will also improve as well and that’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing,” he said.
Lambert’s former teammate and Southampton star Adam Lallana was believed to be closing in on completing his £25m switch to Anfield after successfully undergoing a medical.
However, the former Swansea man has refused to comment on a possible arrival of Lallana, but admitted Liverpool are close to making their deals.
“I wouldn’t tell you. I would love to stand here and tell you… we still have signings to make to ensure we have the squad strength to cope,” Liverpool manager said.
The Reds priority is to retain their star striker Luis Suarez, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona. However, the former Ajax man was involved in a biting incident during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy.
After the latest incident, Liverpool are yet to decide whether Suarez should be released from the club. And should they allow the super star striker leave, who would fill in his shoes in the Reds’ squad.