Is this proof Brendan Rodgers knows youth only gets you so far?

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Liverpool have been linked with a duo with a combined age of 66; not the transfer model we have seen from the Reds in recent times.

Liverpool have been linked with a £4million move for 32-year-old Rickie Lambert, while the rumours suggesting the Reds want 34-year-old Seydou Keita have started up again. But with a combined age of 66, what would that double-swoop tell us about Brendan Rodgers' thoughts ahead of next season?

Every time an older player is linked with Liverpool, a number of their fans dismiss it because it does not fit their transfer model. Liverpool buy young players, they say. And recent history suggests they are right.

The arrivals of the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson have all proved canny business. And along with the players coming through Liverpool’s academy, they are forming a side that could challenge for the next decade.

But Lambert’s reported £4million move goes against that model with the 32-year-old approaching the twilight of his career. The price is not in question. In fact it is a bargain. But his arrival would signal a possible change of mind-set from Rodgers, especially if Keita was to follow.

The Mali midfielder is 34, and while he is a free-agent this summer, his arrival would see a younger player given less chances.

Yet the simple fact is youth helped Liverpool into the Champions League and to a second-place finish in the Premier League, but blending that with a little more experience could be what turns potential into the finished product.

In Lambert and Keita, Liverpool would be signing two experienced players who could help the younger stars through the next stage of their Anfield development. They could also ease the pressure, ensuring too much is not expected of Liverpool’s next generation too soon.

Neither player has yet arrived at Anfield, but if they do, it would only be a good thing, for the short term definitely, but arguably even more so for the longer term, when the Reds’ young stars fully mature.

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