Why Brendan Rodgers needs to avoid marquee signings

“We have to look to improve the squad again which every big club will do. For fans and players it’s great to get those marquee players – and there are maybe one or two we need. The owners will support that. If they’re available and affordable within the model then we will look to get them.”

From a season full of hope and optimism in August, to the despair of Wembley last month, Liverpool’s campaign has collapsed into futility. Nothing to play for with two fixtures remaining, and only the end of Steven Gerrard’s career keeping the club relevant in May, talk has predictably drifted towards the summer and the impending transfer window.

Not only has Brendan Rodgers been dropping hints, but Gerrard too has pleaded with the owners FSG to assist the manager. Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last weekend he said: “It’s important the lads get some rest after these last couple of games and the owners dig deep and help Brendan and the lads out and try and make some additions.”

Rodgers and FSG have tried in the past three years, only to see Diego Costa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay reject their overtures for the greener grass on the other side.

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