Reds look to complete jigsaw
No rush for new Reds boss to make summer signings
Last Updated: July 5, 2012 4:53pm
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stressed that any new signings must 'fit the model' he is trying to install at Anfield.
The Reds are yet to sign anyone this summer and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson turned them down this week in favour of a move to Tottenham.
But before pursuing other targets, Rodgers insists he will assess the attributes of the squad he inherited from Kenny Dalglish.
"I've got a bunch of wonderful players here," he told the club's official website. "I'm going to take time to have a look at that.
"I believe there's one or two areas that I'll need to improve on for sure, but overall the core of the group is strong.
"But like any manager, you want to add the other pieces that can complete your jigsaw and that's something that we're doing over a period of time.
"This window for the summer, you either had to get your business in early or it was going to run over towards the end of the window, just purely because of all the games and holidays and championships, and everything that was going on.
"We're doing a lot of work off the field in terms of potential players to come in, but it will only be a certain type of player that will fit the model here at Liverpool."
Rodgers felt Sigurdsson would fit that model after having him on loan at Swansea last season.
And having agreed terms over a permanent move to Wales before being appointed Liverpool boss, Rodgers was disappointed he couldn't lure him to Anfield.
"He wasn't playing at Hoffenheim, I brought him to Swansea and he did very well for me there," he added. "He scored seven goals in 19 games and was very, very good.
"He and I both sat and spoke and believed that playing football was going to be the most important aspect for him. But obviously it was important financially so we agreed a deal for him to go to Swansea and that was wrapped up.
"I then became the Liverpool manager, and that then wasn't something that was going to happen at Swansea. So he then had a choice of where he wanted to go. I knew what the market was and I wasn't prepared to pay anything over what I had known was agreed before.
"Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knows and at a club which is a real footballing institution.
"But he's decided to go to Tottenham, for whatever reason. I wish him the best, he's a good kid and there's no ill feeling. We've got other targets and we'll move on."