Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed the Reds are working hard to secure more new signings before the transfer window closes.
Italy striker Fabio Borini, Wales midfielder Joe Allen and Morocco winger Oussama Assaidi are the only major arrivals at Anfield so far, while Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy, Alberto Aquilani, Maxi Rodriguez and Fabio Aurelio have all left Merseyside in the summer. The Northern Irishman admits the squad needs more players if they are to reach the targets set for this season.
"The club are working very hard behind the scenes to manage that process to allow us to get some players in. But in terms of the depth, it is nowhere near where I would want it to be - we have a very small squad. I can't wave a magic wand to bring players in and get players out but there is still a bit of time left. Hopefully, come the end of August, we'll be ready to go on with the group we want," ESPN quoted the 39 year old as saying.
Liverpool are set to face Hearts in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier and Rodgers feels his team has a very difficult game ahead of them as they travel to Edinburgh. It could be made harder still because the Reds have left Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson at Merseyside, with one eye on the forthcoming massive league fixture against Manchester City. In addition, Joe Cole and Jose Enrique remain sidelined. However, the manager feels he still has a good squad and expects some of his younger players to grab the opportunity and perform well against the Scots.
"Hearts will be a very, very difficult game for us. I've still taken a squad here that is a strong group. It's a chance to see some young players but I've got some strong, experienced players. There are international captains and Champions League winners so it's still a strong enough squad. It will be a difficult game. Tynecastle is a wonderful, tight little ground and supporters will be behind their team and there are some good players," the Daily Mail quoted Rodgers as saying.
Liverpool beat Belarus outfit FC Gomel 4-0 on aggregate in the last round, while Hearts will play their first game in Europe this season after qualifying directly to this round.