Brendan Rodgers will exhaust every possible avenue in the transfer market this summer to ensure Liverpool build on their second-place finish in the Barclays Premier League last season.

The manager, his recruitment team and staff switched their thoughts to the next stage of squad development almost immediately following the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign.

Mere hours had passed since the final whistle on May 11, when the Reds signed off with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield, before Melwood became a hive of forward thinking.

"We are really preparing for next season," Rodgers, who penned a new, long-term contract with the club on Monday, explained to the Liverpool Echo.

"I've had some very good meetings with our recruitment team. We are very much together as one. We work very closely together - it's worth stressing that. It's key that we are very much one club."

The Northern Irishman continued: "It's always about the availability of players. If you are not satisfied with the squad and you feel you can improve it then you have to look at every option.

"In these first couple of years I've been here we have had to do that as we've had a thin squad. We turn the page and it's another chapter in terms of where we are going.

"Hopefully that will mean it will be more permanent players than loan players but I can never rule it out completely. There could be a situation where a player becomes available, we can get him and he can add to what we're doing."