Is Brendan Rodgers as good a recruiter as he is coach?

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Some of the Liverpool manager's reported transfer targets along with the players he has already brought in suggests the transfer market may not be his forte.

While the likes of Alberto Moreno, Xherdan Shaqiri and Emre Can appear to be good targets, given their respective ages and potential, it is the interest in Adam Lallana and subsequent purchase of Rickie Lambert which should raise concerns amongst the Liverpool faithful.

Rodgers' success in the transfer market has been a suspect one during his tenure thus far in the Kop managerial hotseat. Yes Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have proven their worth, but there are more players that haven't.

The list of Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Simon Mignolet, Mamadou Sakho, Victor Moses, Oussama Assaidi, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure presents a mixed bag.

We should perhaps reserve judgement on Allen, Borini, Mignolet, Sakho and Alberto but the rest can be deemed flops. The only saving grace was that those were more miss than hit did not cost much, if at all, in transfer fees.

Lallana could be an expensive flop however. While he would most certainly be a good addition at the right price, at around £15million, there is no way Liverpool could legislate for a £25million move to finally secure his services.

At 26-years-old and with only one season, albeit a good one, in the Premier League behind him the England international represents a gamble. Lallana's statistics, in terms of both goals and assists doesn't quite stack up either and it is little wonder why many Liverpool fans are fearing that they may well have a Stewart Downing mark II on their hands.

Granted he is graceful and tidy, but how effective is he really? At Liverpool he would become more so as good players thrive with better players, or so the logic goes. But what is to stop Rodgers prioritising better and cheaper alternatives, such as the aforementioned Shaqiri?

Many feel it is because Lallana has played in a similar system to the one deployed by the Northern Irishman under Mauricio Pochettino so is perfect fit for Liverpool.

The one-time Bournemouth loanee is versatile and can play off the left or in behind as a number 10, which is a position Rodgers wants to add competition for.

Whatever the reason the overriding sense is that the club would be better off avoiding Lallana altogether and turn their attentions elsewhere. For £25 million you could get Roberto Firmino with money to spare.

However this summer plays out it will be interesting all the same. Rodgers' coaching ability may again be the mitigating factor that helps ensure Liverpool at least stay in the top four next season, if not challenge for the title itself once again.

The former Swansea boss improves players and embodies a playing philosophy that is in keeping with the traditions of Liverpool that in the end probably compensates for the insufficient quality in the squad. It did last season.

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