Brendan Rodgers has given his verdict on Liverpool's four new summer signings. The Reds boss has added Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic over the summer transfer window and they are now with the rest of the squad on their pre-season tour in the US.
Rodgers started off his praise with the first of his summer signings, Lambert from Southampton. The manager feels that Lambert's all-round game will add something new to the Reds during the upcoming season.
He also hails the 32-year-old striker's fitness levels.
"Rickie got himself back a week early because he wanted to get back into it, and he's been a pleasure to work with," Rodgers told Liverpool's official site.
"He's a proper man, a good guy. He's 32, but he's very fit and is going to really offer us something in the games this season, both when he plays and coming off the bench - something different that we don't have."
The Northern Irishman's second summer signing also arrived from St Mary's in the form of Adam Lallana, a player who has lit up the Premier League with his talent over the last couple of seasons. Rodgers has high praise for the man that Lallana is, as much as he regards him as a top quality player.
"Adam Lallana, as you'd expect, is a wonderful talent and we've seen that over the last couple of years in the Premier League."
"I've watched him since he was a young player and I've seen his progression. In this very short period of time of working with him, I've realised what a good man he is," the former Swansea boss continued.
"We do our homework on the players, on their character, before they come in. He's a great human being, he's here because he's hungry and wants to fight for Liverpool."
Once the manager landed his primary targets in England, he shifted his focus to Europe and quickly tied up a deal for young German U21 midfielder Emre Can, who arrived from Bayer Leverkusen.
Rodgers has kept his focus on young players, with a view to integrating them into the first team and educating them to play his brand of attacking football. He praised Can's versatility and ability to play in multiple positions.
"Emre Can is again another exciting young player. I watched him quite a bit last year in Germany and he played in a number of positions. I think the only positions he didn't play for Bayer Leverkusen were in goal and centre forward!" Rodgers explained.
"He comes in with real talent; pace, power and a wonderful technique. He fits the profile perfectly."
The last of the four signings until now is Lazar Markovic, who arrived from Portuguese champions Benfica. The Anfield club's chief is very excited by the player's talent and the style of play that he brings.
"Young Markovic is a really exciting talent. He's the kind of player I like, who can beat people in one versus one [situations]. He's good in the duel, but he also works hard - so he doesn't just run forward quickly, he runs back even quicker, which is important."
Rodgers is super excited to start working on a regular basis with all his new signings. He feels the club have done well in the transfer market by getting players who are hungry to do well and also are the right fit for Liverpool.
"That's the key for us. We've got hungry players - players who want to do their best for Liverpool, are technically and tactically gifted but have the personality to work. I'm excited by them all," the Liverpool manager concluded.