Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool are "unbalanced" after hinting that the Reds squad lack many experienced players to play at the top level.

The Merseyside club had struggled this season as the Reds have already lost three out of the first five league matches. They lost the last two matches against Aston Villa and West Ham United and have conceded eight goals so far in the league.

Liverpool allowed Luis Suarez join Barcelona for a reported fee of £75m. The Northern Irishman used the funds raised by the sale of the Uruguayan international to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window.

With Liverpool returning to the Champions League, improving the depth was a necessity for Rodgers. The Anfield club have signed nine players in the transfer window and the former Swansea boss believes it will take time for the new players to settle in.

"This is a very young group. We don't have too many really experienced players who have been coping at this level at this club for many years," Rodgers said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"As well as new players settling in, we've got players out injured who have been with us on the journey here for a couple of years. That all makes it a wee bit unbalanced at the moment but we will improve over the course of the season."

"In terms of depth, I think we've got sufficient numbers. I was happy with the work we did in the transfer market because we needed to add that quality to the group."

"Those players are still quality. They haven't lost that but there is an adaptation period. What people don't sometimes get is the pressure of playing for such a big club – the weight of the jersey here. It's a heavy jersey for most players."

"There's an expectation of working for a club like this and all of them will tell you it's a new demand for them. Unfortunately, it just takes time. For us, it wasn't a case of already having a squad of depth and just adding one, two or three players of quality."

"We had to do a lot more work than that. No matter how good players are, if you introduce eight players into the squad it's going to make the dynamic different for a period of time. We're in that period," the Liverpool manager concluded.