With the new Premier League season less than a month away, I have looked at whether Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has created a winning formula for the very popular club.
I have also looked at the players he has bought and sold to hopefully create this winning formula.
The main thing Rodgers has tried to achieve is buying early in the transfer market so he can have the summer to prepare his new look team for the new season.
I personally believe this to be a brilliant decision because it gives the new players time to get to know the old players early enough in the season.
His first signing was the young winger Luis Alberto who was bought from Sevilla for a fee of £6.8 million. Alberto, who was on loan at the Barcelona B side last season already looks like a decent youngster who will hopefully have a long and glorified career at the club.
Rodgers didn't wait long to complete his next signing by bringing in Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for £7.6 million the next day, although he is 25 and doesn't have the best goal scoring record he looks like a brilliant fringe player who will provide cover for the main strikers.
One of the big talking points was finding a replacement for the legend that is Jamie Carragher, and Rodgers' next signing was Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer. He looks like a brilliant replacement for Carragher and is someone who can teach the younger defenders a trick or two.
The latest signing is Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for a fee of £9 million, and he looks set to be first choice keeper as Pepe Reina has joined up with Napoli on a season long loan.
The main thing Rodgers has achieved with these two deals is that the wage budget has been reduced a lot as Reina would have been on a bigger wage than Simon.
In an outgoing perspective, the big sale for Liverpool has been Andy Carroll who has joined West Ham United for a fee of £15.5 million.
The most crucial transfer will be if the club decide to allow want away striker Luis Suarez to be sold due to him being unhappy at the club and wanting Champions League football.
That transfer saga looks set to continue with Suarez joining up with the pre-season squad in Melbourne.
Hopefully in the next few months Rodgers can get off to a great start in the league and gain an all important Champions League place at the end of the season.
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