Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was confirmed as Liverpool's fourth summer signing of this summer's transfer window this week. 

Coming from Sunderland, Mignolet joins Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto as Brendan Rodgers' new players. 

It was just over a year ago that Rodgers was announced as Liverpool manager and since his arrival, there have been many changes at Anfield. It is clear from the early stages of the transfer window that Rodgers is keen to bring in new talent and to improve the squad. 

Despite the early success in the window, looking back a year to last summer's transfer window, Rodgers had a much tougher time. He made early signings in the form of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini. But after seeing the likes of Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy move on, and Andy Carroll go out on loan, Rodgers failed to draft in another forward. 

With new man Borini suffering an early injury, Rodgers was left with Luis Suarez as the only recognised striker in the squad. 

Both Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy were always going to move on from Anfield. The signing of Fabio Borini was made to add a young fresh forward to the squad joining Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll as the three main strikers. 

However, the decision to allow Andy Carroll to move to West Ham on loan so close to the end of the window was one that could have been made a lot earlier. 

Andy Carroll was always going to struggle to fit in and adapt to the way Brendan Rodgers likes to play football. The big striker did not have the most successful times at Anfield with his goal in the FA Cup semi final against Everton the only real highlight. 

It was widely made clear that Liverpool had tried to bring in American Clint Dempsey to cover the departure of Carroll. But having refused to pay the asking price, the Reds missed out and were left with a problem upfront. 

The decision to allow Carroll to go out on loan as late as he did was a mistake that Rodgers and Liverpool shouldn't have made. Although Rodgers was not to know Borini was to suffer a long-term injury so early, he still needed to bring in someone to cover the departure of Carroll to West Ham. 

The following months in the league were not as awful as it could have potentially been with Luis Suarez in excellent form scoring the goals and leading the line brilliantly. 

The Uruguayan only missed one game for them between August and December, a 3-2 win for Liverpool away at West Ham.

Having made it to January with Suarez still intact and scoring the goals, Rodgers was able to bring in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea to take the weight off Suarez's shoulders. 

As well as Sturridge, playmaker Phil Coutinho was brought in to add some spark to the midfield. Both these signings were made early on in the window and were players that fitted perfectly to Rodgers style of play.

The additions of Sturridge and Coutinho made Liverpool a lot stronger in the attacking department and were key in a stronger second half of the season for Liverpool.

Now only days away from the official start of the summer transfer window, Rodgers has stuck to his word and already signed four players. The additions he has made to his squad show his intent for the coming season, and has seen Rodgers learn a valuable lesson from the madness of last season's transfer window. 

For Liverpool fans, it will be nice to sit comfortably come the end of the window in August with Rodgers most certainly have come to the end of his summer dealings by then.


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