Brendan Rodgers has revealed details of Liverpool's transfer plans, both for January and the coming summer.
The former Swansea City manager, who took charge at Anfield at the start of the season and is in the middle of a large-scale revamp of the first team, claims the club's focus is on experienced players. Rodgers also claimed club owner John W Henry would make transfer funds available, if the right player was identified.
"We have got money that can be reinvested back into the team. We are just looking for the right players who fit the profile we want. It is going to take time..." Rodgers explained, adding, "If you ask any manager, they will always look for a young player that they can develop, but there are certain times when you need that experience."
The Reds have been linked to a number of players this month, the most recent being Inter Milan's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Daily Mail has suggested an £8m bid from the Premier League club could be forthcoming.
Liverpool have also been linked with Wesley Sneijder. The high-profile 28-year-old Dutch international is also with Inter but disagreements over re-negotiated contracts have meant he has been frozen out of the Nerazzurri's first team and will likely leave the club, either this month or in the summer. Turkish club Galatasaray have also been linked with a move for Sneijder.
So far, though, Rodgers has seen only 23-year-old England international Daniel Sturridge join Anfield, for £12m, from league rivals Chelsea. Other targets linked to the Anfield club include Spanish side Sevilla's Federico Fazio and Norwegian defender Vegad Forren; although the latter has since joined Southampton. Championship club Birmingham City's 19-year-old England goalkeeper, Jack Butland, is another young target linked with Liverpool.
However, Rodgers now insists he wants to ensure experienced players find a place in his squad and says the examples set by senior players, in any Premier League club, are reason enough to sign older footballers.
"Look at van Persie as the example. If you bring him in at 29, there is absolutely no question that he reinvigorates Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes. He also gives the young players something," he explained.
"If we bring in an experienced player of the right quality, there would be no question of Steven Gerrard getting a boost from it; Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger and the young players would feed off it. That is the importance. If you are going to be up there fighting for titles, you need the right blend," the 39-year-old stressed.
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