Transfer news

Rodgers eyes players of 'character'

February 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists the club must purchase players of “character” in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers
PA PhotosBrendan Rodgers is compiling his wish-list for the summer

Rodgers’ side currently sits in ninth position in the Premier League standings. The Reds have subsequently been linked with a range of potential high-profile signings, but Rodgers believes they must simply show the same spirit as retiring defender Jamie Carragher.

“The biggest thing we need this summer is to bring in some men, some character that allows and supports the others to see the games out,” he explained. “That is the biggest thing for me.

“Look at Jamie, he is our best defender, he’s 35 but we are losing that character. That has to be replaced, while I also think there are other areas of the team that needs improving.

“They have to be established players, that’s the key. They need that hunger to succeed. That is something we’ll talk about at the end of the season when we identify where the improvements must be made.

“Whether that is senior players, youth players or getting the mixture right. I always like to give young players hope but in order to do that they need experience alongside them.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the biggest change needed takes the longest and that is the mentality change.”

Reports in the English press claim Liverpool’s top target for the summer is Wales skipper Ashley Williams, who will travel Anfield on Sunday with seventh-placed Swansea for a crucial Premier League fixture.