Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he will spend all of Liverpool’s transfer budget this summer on attacking players.
Liverpool were left extremely frustrated during the Merseyside derby last weekend, which proved the club are going to have to work a little bit harder when teams sit back and defend against them.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he will be focusing on attacking options in the summer transfer window, suggesting that he will rely on the younger players in his back four to fill the void created by Jamie Carragher’s retirement.
“We need to find one or two players to help make the difference in games like that. We have had a lot of draws now this season (13 draws) and we need to find a solution for that,” he said after the match.
There are teams that Liverpool will play against who will dig in and try to take just a point from any match against them, because they are already a very talented side.
Rodgers is not tactically naïve and greater attacking support in the squad, means he’ll have stronger options coming off the bench late into games which will go a long way to turning defeats into draws and those draws mentioned into wins.
“We have scored a lot of goals this year, but we need to improve against teams who defend and sit back,” he added.
There is already a lot of pressure on Philippe Coutinho who signed in an £8.5 million deal last January, with the Brazilian expected to be the creative force in the attack any time he now plays for the club.
He needs support because if Liverpool have different options in main attacking positions, it gives the opposition something else to think about as opposed to simply needing to contain one or two influential players.
Liverpool also need some big support in attack because of Luis Suarez’s suspension, which has been obvious ever since that ten match ban was dished out by the FA.
Rodgers has also just been snubbed in his bid to sign Ashley Williams on a free transfer from Swansea City, with the Liverpool board reluctant to spend big on a centre back.
That suggests that unless Rodgers can find cheap or free players to prop up the defence, he may as well rely on the youngsters he has in that area and utilise the budget to ensure he gets his first choice attacking targets.
Of course he’d love to have double the summer budget that is going around in various reports at the moment, but it’s impossible for Liverpool to improve every single position in their current side.
Rodgers is clearly frustrated with his attacking unit following the 0-0 draw against Everton, which creates the logical conclusion that the attack is where his focus will be when that window opens.
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