The signings of Lovren and Markovic highlight Liverpool progress, says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says that Liverpool's signings of Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren show how far the club has come in recent times.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic chose to move to Anfield ahead of a number of other clubs.

The duo, bought in for a combined for of around £40 million, were both highly sought after across Europe, but wanted to move to Liverpool and Rodgers feels that his is an indication that the club are getting back to being able to compete with the biggest clubs in the transfer window.

“It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club, a really good symbol of where the club is at,” he said.

“We have made huge strides in the last couple of years. That ability to attract top players is great.

“Lovren was a really good player for Lyon and Southampton. He was a guy sought after by a number of clubs, but for him to say he only wanted to come to Liverpool was great.

“Young Markovic had two or three other clubs waiting to take him, clubs where he had mates from his international team. But he wanted to come to Liverpool.

“These guys watch football throughout Europe. They watch us and want to be part of what we’re doing.”

Rodgers’ Liverpool side have been particularly active in this transfer window, bringing in seven players to date with more expected to come before the end of the month.

The main reason for this has been the side’s qualification for the Champions League, which has meant that the squad needed adding to if they were to be able to successfully juggle the demands of European football with a Premier League challenge.

It has been a long wait to have Champions League football back at Anfield for Liverpool fans and they are now hoping that the club can kick on and sustain their place in the top four.

Their hopes of doing this, even despite the additions, were dealt a blow this summer, though. Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona was a major set-back for the side and it will be intriguing to see how they cope without their talisman this season.

Their main way of compensating for the loss of Suarez so far has been to add numbers to the side and hope that a wealth of quality will negate the need to rely on one world-class star to fire them to victory.

The Reds still have not brought in a striker with proven top level quality and this remains a concern to Liverpool fans – with only youngster, Divock Origi, and Rickie Lambert being signed to cover this position so far this summer.

It leaves their top four position vulnerable, but Rodgers has highlighted just how far they have come in recent times and they will be determined not to take a step-back now they are getting close to where they want to be.

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