LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 19, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the FA Cup Semi-Final match against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool must target “marquee players” this summer

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his desire for the club to sign proven quality players in the summer transfer window.

KINGSTON-UPON-HULL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers shouts orders from the touchline against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Jones/Propaganda)

Speaking after this side’s 1-0 defeat to Hull City on Tuesday night, Rodgers said: “For supporters, and for players themselves, it is always great if you can get in those marquee players that can really help you.”

“And I think we can see that that’s the type, maybe the one or two players, that we need.”

This follows similar words from the Northern Irishman last week, as rumours suggest he and the club’s owners differ on transfer policy. It’s claimed Rodgers wants to shift the emphasis to proven players rather than only sign players for the future.

Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph claimed recently: “He [Rodgers] wants players of greater maturity and pedigree to complement the younger elements of his side, who are inevitably prone to inconsistency.”

The Mirror‘s David Maddock, reported similarly, saying Rodgers “wants a slight change in the recruitment policy which has placed a strong emphasis on young players with potential, by bringing more established stars better placed to go straight into the first team.”

On this summer’s transfer strategy, Rodgers told reporters after the Hull defeat:

“The club are working very hard, and the owners will support that. If they are attainable, and affordable within the model, the club will do everything they can to get them.”

“Every season, you have to try and improve.

“You can’t hide away from the fact that we’ve lost over 50 goals, and any team that loses that is going to struggle.

“With Suarez and Sturridge last season, we still weren’t tipped to be in the top four, we were still written off! Now, without them, the challenge is even greater for us.

“The players have given their best, but we have to refocus again, look to improve in the summer, as every team will do.”

(Quotes via Liverpool Echo)