Former Chelsea assistant and current Reading manager Steve Clarke explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he likes about the business Brendan Rodgers has done at Liverpool over the summer.
Clarke suggested that Rodgers has judged the situation through different eyes compared to previous summers, as he looks to take Liverpool into a position inside the top four by this time next year.
“It’s a slightly different approach for Liverpool this year and it will be really interesting to see how they start.”
Smart business by Rodgers
Rodgers has gone after players where he was in need of extra bodies with James Milner helping to fill the void create by Steven Gerrard’s exit and Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino also providing fresh attacking options.
In the case of Milner and Ings, he has signed players who know English football, avoiding the notion of a settling in period when it comes to playing for the Anfield giants.
He’s also done some smart business by going after players early, because it’s traditionally more difficult for clubs to get some deals done late into the transfer window.
Any club with a good business sense will be looking at the Raheem Sterling sale, suggesting that the Reds have plenty of cash in the bank to burn.
However, Rodgers had already wrapped up the majority of his deals before the winger opted for a move to Manchester City.
Liverpool have a larger squad and a good chance of dealing effectively with a difficult start to the season.