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Rodgers dig over Spurs transfer strategy

ESPN staff
July 30, 2014
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Brendan Rodgers has taken a dig at Tottenham's transfer policy after confirming Liverpool's search for another striker is ongoing.

The decision to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75 million deal has allowed Rodgers to invest heavily in his squad and he has already signed six players this summer.

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Tottenham found themselves in a similar position last summer having sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world-record fee of £86m but both Erik Lamela (£30m) and Roberto Soldado (£26m) failed to justify their huge price tags while the likes of Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli endured disappointing campaigns.

However, Rodgers believes Liverpool are doing good business. He told Sky Sports: "It's a different club and different vision we have here. At Liverpool there's a strategy behind what we are doing.

"We were talking a lot right the way through last season with the recruitment team; we knew that we had to improve the depth of our squad - it was one of the objectives for the summer.

"Clearly we weren't strong enough last year in terms of depth, numbers and quality. We had always earmarked in the summer to bring in a number of players, in the hope that we would be in the Champions League.

"There's no doubt we will look where we can, and if we can, to bring in another striker."

With Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Dejan Lovren already on board, £10m striker Divock Origi became the latest name to sign up at Anfield.

Origi will be immediately loaned back to Lille for another season as part of the deal, though, leaving Rodgers still searching for back-up to Daniel Sturridge and Lambert for the coming campaign.

Loic Remy had been on the verge of sealing an £8m move from Queens Park Rangers but it collapsed when the striker reportedly failed a medical.

Rodgers has, however, backed Sturridge to improve on his 24 goals last season and believes he can form a deadly partnership with Lambert.

"I looked at the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in training today and they were exceptional; the link-up play and some of their combination play was great," added Rodgers.

"I think you'll see Daniel go on another level again this season, with the confidence of a full campaign last year and scoring the goals he did. Hopefully he can stay injury free this season.

"We've [also] got Rickie Lambert who will get goals for us. He's starting to really get comfortable with the group."

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