Roy Evans praises Liverpool’s early transfer business

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The Reds have moved early to secure new players, with more looking likely.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has praised the club for getting their transfer business done early this summer, via the club’s official website.

The Reds have already completed the signing of five players with Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings and James Milner all joining on free transfers and deals secured for youngster Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have been the most active of the Premier League sides so far, despite the window not opening until July 1, and Evans has praised them for stealing a march on their rivals ahead of next season.

"I'm delighted with all the signings being done very early," Evans told

"Otherwise, I think you can end up without the signings you wanted and you start to go and pick players who weren't quite as good as the ones you wanted at the start.”

Early business better?

Similar to last season, Rodgers has moved early in the transfer window, although there were some late purchases in 2014.

Most of his signings last summer have proven to be flops, with Mario Balotelli in particular proving to be chief among them. The Italian was one who was secured late in the window, and Evans says waiting until then can lead to poor decisions.

"By around the end of March you've got to have an idea of who you want to buy, as a manager,” he added.

"It makes life for a manager far easier if you're getting the pick of the players at this moment in time rather than waiting for the end of the transfer window where it becomes very hectic and sometimes you make some poor decisions."

While both Evans and Liverpool fans in general are right to be pleased with the approach so far, it is worth remembering that the majority of their signings last summer were secured early on as well.

As already mentioned, the majority of those proved to be disappointing last season, suggesting that in fact timing is not as important as ensuring you are buying quality, something Rodgers will be hoping his signings this summer prove to be. 

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