Why Liverpool's signings so far show Rodgers' tactical priorities

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If Liverpool's transfer business so far is anything to go by, fans can expect another season of all-out-attack.

Last season, the Anfield side entertained supporters and neutrals alike with an enthralling brand of attacking football that yielded 101 goals, the second-highest tally in the Premier League and just one behind champions Manchester City.

In the end, that forward-thinking philosophy almost brought them their first league title in 24 years. The Reds only missed out by three points, while two more would have put them level with Manuel Pellegrini's City side.

But what was a cause for concern for the Merseyside club was their defensive record. In the Premier League, Liverpool conceded 50 goals, the second-worst tally in the top eight. That took their goal difference to +51 - 15 less than Manchester City.

If there was one area boss Brendan Rodgers immediately sought to fix, then, you would have thought it would be his side's leaky back line.

Three signings later, however, Liverpool have recruited zero new defenders, two midfielders and one striker.

The unresolved future of star man Luis Suarez, who is reportedly on his way to Barcelona, has clearly made things difficult for the club in the transfer market. When a source of 31 league goals could leave your side, finding replacements up front is a priority.

But Liverpool's weak spot would still be their defence - even without Suarez. The Reds need a new left-back and are said to be in the market for a new centre-back, as well. They have reportedly tried their utmost to bring Alberto Moreno to the club but that has not happened as of yet. With Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana, though, Rodgers has acted quickly.

What can be read into that? The fact that the 41-year-old has clear tactical priorities, and that he wants Liverpool to be just as attacking as last term. Perhaps even moreso.

The Reds are still, of course, likely to recruit the defenders they need ahead of the coming campaign. But Rodgers' first movements in the transfer market gave very little thought to his back line, showing his priorities clearly lie in attack over defence.

Can arguably offers defensive protection, as he can deputise across the back four, but the thinking behind his signing is mainly how to turn defence into attack. And even with those the club have been linked with and not yet signed, only a couple are defenders, while the majority (Xherdan Shaqiri, Alexis Sanchez, Lazar Markovic) are forwards.

In truth, had Liverpool been able to break Chelsea down at Anfield, their Premier League title bid may have succeeded after all, suggesting that taking every game to their opponents may well be a philosophy that works.

But it is a risky philosophy, and one that will likely mean the Kop is in for another rollercoaster ride this term.

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