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Rodgers sets Liverpool transfer blueprint
Brendan Rodgers feels the signing of a few 'men' will transform Liverpool from also-rans to Premier League challengers.
Rodgers arrived at Anfield last summer with the club well aware the current campaign would be one of transition. And following a tough start to the season, the Reds have shown flashes of quality.
The arrival of Daniel Sturridge in January has added a fresh attacking dimension to complement Luis Suarez, but with Jamie Carragher retiring - Rodgers feels he needs to bring in established players to take the club forward.
"I don't think massive surgery is needed," Rodgers told the Guardian. "Maybe if we had a few more of Daniel Sturridge's capacity in the group that could set us up. Technically we have shown we are very capable, tactically we have not been found wanting like in the recent two games against Arsenal and Man City.
"The condition and intensity of their work is high so that only leaves one thing - mentality. That is the area which needs to improve and to do that we need character."
Steven Gerrard is the driving force behind Liverpool and it would appear Rodgers wants players of a similar ilk.
He said: "The biggest thing we need this summer is to bring in some men, some character that allows and supports the other men to see the games out. That is the biggest thing for me. Look at Jamie Carragher. He is our best defender, he is 35, but we are losing that character. That has to be replaced somehow.
"I also think there are other areas of the team that need improving. They have to be established players and they have to have that hunger, that is the key thing."