Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren give their verdict on Liverpool's summer business

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The Liverpool defenders are excited about the additions to the squad despite the high-profile exits.

Liverpool's centre-back duo Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren have been talking about the changes in personnel at the Reds this summer in The Liverpool Echo and on the club's official website respectively.

There has been plenty of changes at the club this summer. The departure of Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy leaves a big void that needs to be filled by the Reds both in terms of presence and quality, while the departure of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City - as per BBC Sport - concludes one of the more acrimonious transfer sagas of the summer. 

Liverpool have so far managed to bring in six new faces to the club, including three players who were signed at the end of their contracts with their current clubs in James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan - while the Reds have invested in two major first team players in Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino, along with youngster Joe Gomez from Charlton.

Firmino has yet to join up with the squad, but Skrtel seems happy with the business that has been done so far. 

The Slovakian told the Liverpool Echo: “I have to say all the players that have come into the team so far this summer are all quality players and I have been very impressed. I hope we will be stronger and play better football than last season.

“Obviously we have lost Steven who was our captain and it will be difficult to replace him and now we have lost Raheem, but new players have come in. This season we have to play more as a team, work together and stick together on the pitch as well and then hopefully our performances and results will be better.”

Lovren also had his say on the official Liverpool website, in particular about his former teammate Clyne - who he played with at Southampton - and Divock Origi, the forgotten man in many ways after he was signed by the Reds last summer but loaned back to Lille for a season. 

He said: "I would describe Nathaniel [Clyne] as a sports car - he's quick, strong and an intelligent guy. I played with him at Southampton and I have only positive words about him. He's a great signing for us and I can't wait to see him playing on the pitch.

"Origi is also a great signing for us. He's a strong guy, massive, quick and it's great to have him here, like the other lads. They're making everyone be better on the pitch."

There are plenty of changes at the club this summer, but a lot of the players have arrived in time for a full pre-season, and if injuries are kind to Brendan Rodgers and his side, then the Liverpool manager may be able to get his players to gel in time for the start of the season so they can hit the ground running. 

If the encouragement from the two defenders is anything to go by, then if all the new signings fit in pretty well, Liverpool could have a pretty effective team ahead of next season.

It will be interesting to see how they go during the pre-season, and whether they can generate some good performances to carry a little bit of momentum into the new season. 

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