New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has urged the club’s fans to keep their expectations down regarding this summer’s transfer activity, insisting that the media tends to link too many players to the club.
Rodgers has already recalled midfielder Joe Cole from Lille and is considering a similar decision regarding the future of Alberto Aquilani but the club has not unveiled any major signings since the manager’s arrival from Swansea.
The Reds has been linked with the likes of Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou and Wigan’s Victor Moses but Rodgers understands that much of the talk during this time of the year is coming from agents who are seeking attention for their clients.
“I very much keep my own counsel and it is certainly the Liverpool way to do that. I am looking to potentially bring in some players that can really affect the group,” Rodgers stated in an interview at Liverpool’s official website.
He added: “I have got a wonderful group of players here at the moment. I read every day players that are linked with Liverpool. Unfortunately, especially for the supporters, it is a difficult time because you have agents linking players with Liverpool just purely because it is great for them to be linked with such an institution of a club.
“But the reality is that there are very few players who could actually come and make a difference at Liverpool. That is something we will always keep close to our chest.”
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina and defender Martin Skrtel have been linked with moves away from Anfield this summer, while there were recently questions raised over the long-term future of striker Luis Suarez as well.
Speaking categorically about the status of the latter, Rodgers asserted: “I have had a brilliant chat with Luis, he is really looking forward to being here and we are obviously hoping to get him on another contract. He is really looking forward to the new season.”
The Reds will shortly begin pre-season training in anticipation of their early August Europa League qualifiers and part of their summer preparations are scheduled to take place in the United States later this month, with high profile friendlies against AS Roma in Boston and Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore.