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Liverpool signings for the future, says Rodgers

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Liverpool boss has said his defensive signings will protect the future of the Merseyside club.

Brendan Rodgers invested heavily to bolster his defensive options over the summer and believes the club will reap the rewards now, and in the future.

Jamie Carragher retiring left the Reds needing reinforcements at the back and Rodgers bought in not one but three defenders to help fill the void created by Carragher's retirement.

The three signings, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori, cost upwards of £20million but Rodgers explained it was money well spent: "I wanted to try and protect the present and the future of the club," he said to Sky Sports.

The former Swansea manager continued: "Centre-halves are so hard to find. You look at some teams and they have ageing centre-halves because it's a struggle to get a really good one."

While Toure joined on a free from Manchester City at the beginning of the summer, Sakho and Ilori arrived from PSG and Sporting Lisbon on deadline day with hefty price tags, but Rodgers is pleased with his captures, he said: "One that we had been tracking for a year was Tiago Ilori, a young talent, but one who can become a big talent.

"He is 6ft 3ins tall, super quick, powerful and can jump. He just needs to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League. He is one for the future, but he can be a really big talent.

"Sakho is also young, but he is an experienced player. He has senior international caps for France and looks an absolute monster in training. He's one who is ready for now and that's what we want.

"We had a chance to do that and protect the club for maybe the next ten years and that is what we've done."

Sakho and Ilori will compete for a place in the team with Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel who, alongside Toure, have helped the Anfield club to three successive 1-0 wins.

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