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Rodgers looking for players that can improve the starting eleven

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers believes he has successfully improved his team and is targeting more players that can break into the starting eleven.

Liverpool kick off their pre-season against Preston North End this Saturday at Anfield, with Reds fans eagerly anticipating the debut of a few new players.

Liverpool have already signed four players in experienced defender Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet and the Spanish duo of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.

The next stage of the transfer window is bolstering their starting eleven with players that can start every week.

“Our recruitment team are doing a great job behind the scenes in compiling lists of players that we can afford and might be available for us,” Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday.

“What we’ve done in the early part of the summer is to improve the squad. That’s something I feel we’ve done with the players we’ve brought in.

“Now what’s important over the next three to five weeks is improving the team. That’s something the club is working very hard at.

“I’m sure by the time the end of August comes we’ll be ready and we’ll have a terrific squad ready to challenge.”

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Enrique: I’m helping new Spanish recruits

Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique states that he is helping Liverpool’s two new Spanish recruits, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, to settle in.

The two new signings of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas have increased the number of Spanish players in the Reds side to five with Alberto, Aspas, Reina, Suso and Enrique.

Enrique has been at Liverpool for two years now, since signing from Newcastle United, and has helped the new recruits settle in and get to grips with a new environment.

“From the start they have been with me all the time and asking me things, which is normal,” Enrique told LFC TV during a break from training.

“I did it before with other players. I told them that if they need me for anything they have me here – I know at the start and when you change country, it’s difficult when you don’t know the language.”

Having plied his trade in Spain before moving to Newcastle United in 2007, Enrique explains how much he knows about our new recruits.

The 27-year-old said: “Aspas did really well with Celta Vigo and scored a lot of goals. I saw a few games but I don’t really follow La Liga much; just my team Valencia, Levante, Madrid and Barcelona.

“I follow the Premier League more. But I know he’s doing really well and Luis Alberto did really well at Barcelona. Hopefully they will do well here.

“You can’t say much because training is physical now. We do a lot of work with the ball, but now it’s more physical. But you can see Aspas is a really clever player and a good guy as well, like Luis.”

Enrique is excited for the start of the 2013-14 season and can’t wait to get started.

“We have a really good team; we did already last year but with the few additions we have now, we have an even better team. Hopefully we’ll do well and get where we want to be,” he added.

“What I want to do is play as much as I can. I have to try to play better every season. Hopefully I can help the team, if I can score goals then much better. But the most important thing for me is to help the team.

“To be honest, during the summer I was working three or four times a week – not very hard, but something. I can really feel it.

“Of course, training is still really hard but I feel quite fit. We are looking forward now – the team we have this year is exciting. Hopefully it’s going well.”

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Liverpool prepare 4million bid for Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho

Liverpool are ready to bid 4million for Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho, as the Reds look to cash in on Valencia’s financial trouble.

Aly Cissokho is available on the cheap as Valencia are having financial trouble, just like most Spanish sides, and Liverpool are ready to look to Spain again.

Liverpool have already signed two Spanish players in Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas from Seville and Celta Vigo respectively, with Mark Lawrenson claiming Liverpool will continue to look to Spain for bargain deals.

The 25-year-old played 20 games last season for Valencia having signed for the Spanish outfit in 2012.

Liverpool are looking for a left-back to challenge Jose Enrique for the starting spot, as their main target was 19-year-old Lucas Digne, but he looks Monaco bound.

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Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool will continue to look to ‘broke’ La Liga for new talent.

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool will continue to look to La Liga to bring new talent in.

Lawrenson believes Liverpool have learnt from their mistakes regarding not buying over expensive British like they have recently after the signings of Carroll, Henderson, Downing and Joe Allen.

The match of the day pundit claims that there are bargains around the globe, especially in Spain with only Barcelona and Real Madrid the not broke teams.

Liverpool have already looked to La Liga for two new recruits in Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas from Seville and Celta Vigo respectively.

Lawrenson believes Liverpool will dip back into La Liga before the end of the transfer window.

‘It has been interesting to see Liverpool so eager to get their transfer business done quickly this summer.’

‘What has also been interesting, is how their market strategy seems to have shifted.

A couple of years back, they were shelling out mega fees (and mega wages) for, largely, home-based players. Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique, Joe Cole, Craig Bellamy (free transfers but on big contracts) were all brought in, with varying levels of success.’

‘This summer is different. Perhaps the impact made by Philippe Coutinho has played a part, but Liverpool seem to be using their scouting network, and shopping around a bit more. Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto have come in from Spain, Kolo Toure is a shrewd free transfer, and Simon Mignolet, they hope, is a long-term successor to Pepe Reina.’

‘Aspas and Alberto are particularly interesting. Liverpool have realised that, outside of the big two in Spain, La Liga is basically broke. That means bargains are readily available. Even clubs like Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid can’t compete financially with the Premier League.’

‘Don’t be surprised to see Liverpool dipping back into the Spanish market and coming back with a few bargains as a result.’

 

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Rodgers: We’re still looking for new additions to the squad

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he is still looking to add new players to his squad, after Kolo Toure became the fourth summer signing for the Reds.

Rodgers has praised the clubs recruitment team for their work in completing four signings before a single ball has been kicked in pre-season.

Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure all reported for their first day of training yesterday and Rodgers has revealed they are not the only new recruits to report for training.

He said: “I still think another attacking, creative player, and depending on what goes out of the club – because naturally there might be one or two players who need to go out and play more – then we’ll need to fill those areas that have been vacated.

“Certainly another attacking player will really benefit us, and probably another defender. We’ll see how it develops over the course of the next few months.”

Rodgers admitted the swift action on transfers was a key strategy for the club this summer.

“It’s great – it’s a big thing to the club because we looked at last summer and there were lots of things that were difficult for us,” he said. “That meant that the opening period of the season was difficult.

“From that we’ve got all our people involved, our recruitment team in – and they got to work as soon as they came in.

“We brought great signings in in January and that’s really helped us. Obviously the plan was to get our signings in as soon as we possibly could – and we still hope to make a few more.

“I’m very happy with the four players I’ve brought in, and they’ll add to the group.

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Liverpool officially sign Kolo Toure

Liverpool have today officially signed Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer.

Liverpool agreed to sign Toure at the start of June but could not officially sign the Ivorian until his contract with Manchester City had ended.

Toure becomes the Reds fourth summer signing having already signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland and Spanish duo Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas from Seville and Celta Vigo respectively.

The 32-year-old said: “This means a lot to me. Firstly, I’m joining one of the best clubs in England.

“When I left City it was important for me to stay in England because it’s the best league – and to join Liverpool is massive for me.

“I chose Liverpool because of the history and because of the spirit of the team and the people here.”

Most of the Liverpool players are back at Melwood today preparing for pre-season except for the players that were at the Confederations Cup and the under 20s World Cup, most notably Luis Suarez is not yet back after partaking in the Confederations Cup with Uruguay.

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Rush: Aspas will fit right in

Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes the Reds new signing will fit right into Brendan Rodgers team for the coming season.

Rush is hoping Aspas can follow in the footsteps of fellow Spaniards that have had success at Liverpool like Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres who all became instant Kop idols.

“It’s a very exciting addition to the squad,” Rush told Liverpoolfc.com.

“He comes from Spain so he’ll know what to expect. It will be different playing in the Premier League but the football Liverpool play will most probably suit him.

“We like to pass the ball around and hopefully he will take the chances. He will be given chances and let’s hope he can take them because he does look a fine prospect.

“He has a proven record in Spain and I just believe the football Liverpool play, and they try to play total football, will suit him.

“We have had some great players come to Liverpool from Spain and hopefully he will be another one.

Liverpool have so far got there business done early in the transfer window with Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto all confirmed with Simon Mignolet the next expected to arrive, Liverpool are still looking at Mkhitaryan and Tiago Ilori and are expected to make moves.

Rush believes getting your transfer business completed early will give you more of an advantage for the start of the season as they can settle together quickly and will raise the team spirit of the team.

“I think it’s important to try and do the business early to give Brendan the chance to work with the team in pre-season.

“Sometimes if you get someone at the end of the pre-season it’s harder for the manager, so if you can get the business done early and Brendan can work with them early that will be better for team spirit as well.”

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Ayre: Aspas was picked out ‘a long time ago’ by Rodgers

Ian Ayre has hailed the work being done behind the scenes and the signing of Iago Aspas is their reward for all the hard work being done.

Liverpool made Iago Aspas their third summer signing of the summer, before the transfer window is actually open on July 1st. Liverpool have already agreed deals for Kolo Toure and another Spanish player in Luis Alberto.

Aspas has revealed that Aspas was picked out a long time ago by Brendan Rodgers and has pledged that efforts will continue to further strengthen the playing staff over the summer.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s fantastic, the third signing of the summer and very early in the window.

“He’s a great talent, one that Brendan identified a long time ago.

“The scouting network and everybody else have done a lot of hard work to get him here and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get his signature and have him in the squad.

“As we’ve always said, we’ve got our targets. We will work as hard as we can to bring them in. As we’ve said before, it’s always about getting the right players and the right deals for both sides.

“There’s a lot of work going on, there’s certainly no shortage of that. Hopefully we’ll have some more success.”

“It’s always important,” Ayre said when questioned on the benefits of concluding transfers early. “It’s not always possible but it’s always important.

“Particularly from the playing perspective, the manager and the coaches and all of the staff want to know that they’ve got the squad together, particularly ahead of pre-season.

“We’ve worked tirelessly, a lot of people behind the scenes worked ahead of the transfer window to identify those players that interest us.

“Then the hard work starts, negotiating and bringing these deals together.”

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Aspas: Joining Liverpool was an easy choice

Liverpool confirmed the signing of former Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas on Sunday night and Aspas has declared it was an easy decision to join The Reds.

Aspas is Liverpool’s third summer signing as The Reds have already agreed deals for Kolo Toure and another Spanish player Luis Alberto.

“It wasn’t a tough decision at all,” Aspas told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m really happy to have come to a big club like this one.

“Having weighed up all my options for this window, a massive club like Liverpool was always my first choice.”

Aspas fired in 12 goals in 34 league appearances last season for relegation threatened Celta Vigo and notched up 7 assists, he was directly involved in 51 per cent of Celta Vigo’s goals which is a higher percentage than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I am a quick and skilful player,” he explained when asked about his key attributes, before sending a message to Liverpool fans: “Together we will achieve a lot of success.

“I’ve not had the chance to talk with the manager at any length just yet but I think that good players can slot into any role and not just one set position.”

Aspas also revealed that he has been following the Reds’ fortunes on television and recalls one famous night from the club’s history in particular.

“I don’t know a huge amount but I’ve learned things from watching them on TV and of course I know all about the last two Champions League finals having seen them live on TV,” he added.

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