How Liverpool's deadline day transfers affects their tactics

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Brendan Rodgers breaks down the boss signings he acquired yesterday and discloses how they will fit into the Reds formation.

'I'm very pleased, the summer window has been very productive for us,' said a made up Rodgers, delighted at a recruitment drive that has seen the additions of eight players, three of whom were acquired on deadline day, yesterday.

On top of long-term deals for Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Tiago Ilori and the surprise purchase of versatile Frenchman Mamadou Sakho, Rodgers supplemented his Reds roster with the loan signings of Aly Cissokho and Victor Moses.

Sakho is a 23-year-old centre back with a good trophy haul from his time spent in Ligue 1 and a player renowned for his competent passing from the back, his strength in the air, interceptions and concentration. Commenting on the £18m acquisition, Rodgers said: 'Sakho was probably a surprise for many people because he was highly rated at PSG and a French international player.

'At his age, the potential he has and his attributes - he's really powerful, quick and offers us balance as well as he can play left-side centre-half or at left-back - means there is real hot competition, not just in games but every day in training, and that will see us improve.'

On Ilori, from Sporting Lisbon, a defender bought for a long-term project, Rodgers said: 'Young Ilori is a wonderful talent - he's a good size, he's elegant, strong, quick and can play the type of football we want to play.

'He was very much a coveted player throughout Europe and those two players will add something to us, for sure, and make sure there's real competition in the defensive department of the team.'

Completing the club's hat-trick of deadline day transfer deals is Moses, a dynamic and exciting youngster who Rodgers has experience of coaching during his time in charge of youth at Stamford Bridge.

'I've known [him] from when he first came into the country,' he said. 'I had him train with me at Chelsea for a few weeks when I was a youth coach there. He was at Crystal Palace and we wanted to sign him at Chelsea, but he ended up staying at Palace.

'He's the type of offensive player I like - he's got terrific skill with the ball, is a wonderful technician and can go left side or right side. The crowd will love him because he wants to beat players, but he also has a real work ethic to him. We were delighted he became available at Chelsea because he is a player that can do very well for us.'

The introduction of Moses into Liverpool's line-up could liberate Philippe Coutinho, a young Brazilian attacker signed by the Anfield club at the beginning of the year. The diminutive 21-year-old returned three goals and seven assists from 13 appearances in his half-season last term, is heralded as a prospect and Rodgers believes could forge a frightful partnership with the Chelsea forward.

'Victor can play anywhere across that front line, but probably his best position is on the left cutting in onto his right foot. That may allow Philippe more opportunities to play as that third man and be the connection between our midfield and front players.

'Philippe is a wonderful talent, he's a young boy who joined us in January of this year and has been fantastic. So hopefully that [Moses deal] will allow him to move inside, but there are going to be games where he'll play in a number of positions.

'That's the type of players we try to bring in - intelligent footballers who can play in a number of areas on the field - but Philippe will get the opportunity to play more in that No.10 role, which is probably his preferred position.'

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