Rodgers: I want new Liverpool signings to have ‘huge impact’

The Reds boss has stated that he has tried to improve his squad this summer and wants the new men to prove themselves.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he hopes the club’s new signings will have a ‘huge impact’ for the Anfield club next season, as per The Mirror.

The Northern Irishman has been busy strengthening his squad this summer, with the likes of James Milner, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino signing for the Reds.

Liverpool missed out on the top four last season and have since lost Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, while talisman Steven Gerrard has left the club to undertake a new challenge with LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Despite this, Rodgers has stated that he is hoping the new arrivals will have a big influence on the team in 2015-16.

“We needed to improve the squad, when you’re a top team any manager will tell you that you want to improve the club,” the Mirror quote Rodgers as saying.

“We have made signings and we hope they will come in and make a huge impact.

“For me the owners have been brilliant since the first day I walked in. I take nothing for granted.

“They have been great supporters of myself, they believe in my work and my job is just to work well with the team and finish as high as we can.”

Despite pressure building on Rodgers to achieve at the Merseyside club, he has stated that he is not feeling the heat ahead of the new season.

He did however confess that the manner of the side’s capitulation last term was a major disappointment for him.

“When I came in, from day one, there was always pressure here to perform. This season is no different,” the former Swansea boss continued.

“There is no question that I was bitterly disappointed last season. There were a number of factors and reasons, but it doesn’t matter, we were disappointing so we have to be better.

“The owners have been very supportive of me since the time they wanted me to be manager. I understand we need to be much better than what we were last season.

“I think it was hugely disappointing at the end of last season. For the first time I felt I needed the break.

"That week to two weeks after the end of the season was invaluable time, but if you want to improve you have to refocus very quickly.”

Liverpool were beaten 6-1 away to Stoke in the final game of last season and will revisit the Britannia Stadium again on the first day of the new campaign.

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