Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been explaining why the club is having such a busy transfer window despite following on from a season where they finished second in the Premier League, two points behind champions Manchester City.
The Reds have so far made five signings this summer and are on the lookout for even more as they look to build on last season's positive campaign, as well as for preparing for life back in the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I have to bear in mind that these players took us to where we are but we can’t settle on that.
“We came second last year but our idea is to win and that’s why we need to have a squad to handle it and with the extra competition this year, we will need it too. That’s the simple fact of it.
“We have to keep moving. Success last year was getting into the Champions League and only just missing out on the league but we have to look to keep progressing each year.
“I think we have done that and I am really excited with the ones we have brought in with hopefully a few more to come. Then we will have a squad ready to compete on every front.”
So far Liverpool have brought in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren from Southampton, along with Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
Luis Suarez is the most high profile departure to Barcelona whilst Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto have both left the club on loan. It has been highlighted frequently that Liverpool needed to strengthen defensively after only keeping 10 clean sheets in the Premier League last term, along with conceding 50 goals in the league alone.
Full-backs have been targeted and a striker is bound to be high on the target list following both the departure of Suarez, and the collapse of the Loic Remy deal.
It was expected Liverpool would strengthen to give themselves more options, and it is what they've done so far following a season where they had a relatively thin squad.
Rodgers added: “It’s a season where we have to change the team at times to keep it fresh and dynamic.
“We need the legs in the team because we are a very attacking and creative side."