Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given an insight into the sort of players he’s looking to attract to the club, should he sign anyone before the close of the current transfer window.
Liverpool, just like any other club, will be on the lookout and open to the possibility of new arrivals and Rodgers has stated that it’s important any player coming in, has the intelligence level to play for the Reds.
“I want to bring in intelligent footballers who understand football and the game. And that’s the beauty of those type of kids you bring in. It allows me to change the system,” Rodgers told local newspaper the Liverpool Echo.
“Lazar has been a right winger, a right midfield player and against Sunderland I put him at the top of the midfield box and he did well. Can has been a midfield player who has played in the back three and has also done very well.”
“I like footballers and I think they are a great advert for that because they can play wherever they are asked to play.”
Players who give Rodgers different options are important because of the high number of matches the club is set to play over the second half of the season.
Liverpool are fighting in the Premier League but have a chance to win three competitions in the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Europa League, following their exit from the Champions League.
The matches are going to pile up thick and fast and being able to rotate players will help the manager to keep everyone fresh.
Not all of his first choice players are available in key positions, which makes it important for Liverpool’s squad members to adapt and do jobs for the side in other areas.
It’s open to debate where Liverpool need to try and add players over the next couple of weeks but West Brom forward Saido Berahino has been reported as a target for the club up front, with Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini the current options at Rodgers’ disposal.
Should Liverpool sign Berahino, it’s clear Rodgers feels he needs to possess the ability to make subtle changes to his game in case he’s needed in other areas and that goes for anyone coming in at Anfield and Melwood before February 1.