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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is targeting players to 'come in and improve the team' as hard work continues behind the scenes before the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
The Northern Irishman has added four new faces to his squad ahead of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign, which kicks off this Saturday, August 17, at home to Stoke City.
Rodgers is hopeful of increasing that number during the next three weeks, though, and has also revealed how further signings could alter Philippe Coutinho's role in the team.
"There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Obviously it's not easy," the boss said.
"We have seen that from other clubs' experiences as well. But I'm confident we will add to the team. I don't think there is any doubt that we need that.
"The players that we've brought in have added great depth and support to the team, but I think for us now, that little bit of quality could really set us up for an exciting season.
"Everyone at the club, the recruitment team, the board and ourselves, we are all working hard to make that happen, and hopefully we can.
"There's money there available to get in the right types of players, but we don't want to panic and just bring in anyone. It has to be someone who can come in and improve the team."
Expanding on his plans for Coutinho, Rodgers continued: "No question, Coutinho's best position is the No.10.
"And once we get the right kind of quality to put on the sides, he will play in that central role. That is where he affects the game best.
"At the moment, he has the licence to jump in and come inside - joining in and making passes, and we accommodate defensively when he does that.
"But there is no doubt, his best position is in the middle."
Asked once more for the latest information on Reds forward Luis Suarez, the manager expressed his hope for an amicable resolution to the situation.
"It is something that we have to do everything we can to fix," said Rodgers.
"There has been a lot said and a lot reported, and we have made a stance, as a club and as a manager, of the commitment and the standards required.
"If you don't have that commitment, and those standards, then you won't play. It's as simple as that.
"If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be.
"There's no problem between me and him, it is quite calm. But obviously I have got to respect the club and the team.
"It doesn't matter who you are, if they're not pulling their weight then they are letting down the club, the city and everyone who has stood by them.
"So until I get that assurance that we are going to get nothing but 100 per cent commitment, then there will be no solution."
Author: @shawct Tagged:
, Luis Suarez
, Philippe Coutinho
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