Steven Gerrard
Gerrard is demanding further additions to Liverpool's squad.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen for the club to further strengthen during the summer transfer window despite the addition of four players before the start of pre-season.

Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Simon Mignolet have all been added by Brendan Rodgers, while the Northern Irishman has firmly stated the Reds remain in the market for further additions.

The club were understood to have missed out on signing Henrick Mkhitaryan before the Armenian joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk, and Gerrard, who penned a new two-year deal at Liverpool on Monday, says the club must not give up in pursuit of additional resources.

"Every fan out there, and the players are no different - we want to see a few more faces to strengthen the team and squad even more," Gerrard said.

"It is an exciting time when you get a couple of new faces in to freshen the squad up - you're at the beginning of the season and it's a fresh start, there are trophies to be won and things to achieve. I won't lie to you, I'm really excited at the moment."

Gerrard's career at Liverpool will be celebrated prior to the start of the season with a testimonial match against Olympiakos at Anfield on 3 August, but after being an almost ever-present for the club last season the England skipper's career is not about to dwindle.

The 33 year old will this season be hoping to lead the Reds back into the Champions League and given the strides made by Rodgers during his first season in charge, Liverpool supporters have good reason to be optimistic.

Pre-season begins a mammoth 12 months for Gerrard, who will be hoping to lead England into next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"It's a big year - it's a World Cup year," Gerrard added. "We've got a lot of hard work to do to get to the World Cup first and foremost.

"As a footballer, you concentrate on the next game and it's very important you're not distracted by the thought of qualifying or getting to a World Cup - you worry about that whenyou're on international duty.

"For me, my priority at the moment is Stoke and getting the season off to a winning start, trying to stay fit throughout pre-season and getting as fit as I can personally. All of the lads are trying to do the same.

"The training has been really, really tough - it's been brutal at times - but I think the team is going to be a lot fitter this year and hopefully we can start the season really well."