Liverpool boss predicts “quality” signing

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the Anfield club are still working hard to bring in “quality” signings, regardless of what happens with Luis Suarez.

Questions over Suarez’s future has hanging over the Merseyside club for some time now, since he made public his desire to move to Arsenal in recent interviews.

Liverpool have insisted they will not sell the Uruguayan to the Gunners and Rodgers claimed they were still concentrating on bringing new players in to add further depth to the squad.

While admitting it was not straightforward, the former Swansea City boss was sure the Reds would make further signings before the transfer window closes on September 2nd.

"There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Obviously it's not easy," he told the official Liverpool website.

"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.”

Liverpool have already signed forward Iago Apsas from Celta Vigo, Luis Alberto from Sevilla and Kolo Toure on a free transfer, but Rodgers feels they need a little bit of extra quality in the side.

"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,” he added.

"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."

Some would suggest Liverpool will definitely need some of what Rodgers is describing, mainly due to Suarez’s situation.

The 26-year-old has been told to train alone after expressing a desire to leave, but Rodgers is hopeful of reconciliation with Suarez and an amicable solution.

However, the Northern Irishman insisted Suarez would continue to be kept separate from the rest of the Liverpool first team squad if his attitude did not change.

“It is something that we have to do everything we can to fix," he said.

"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."

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