Following a disappointing campaign both domestically and in Europe, Liverpool have struck early to secure the signings of James Milner and Danny Ings from Manchester City and Burnley, both on free transfers.
Ings, who had attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, will be a much needed addition to a Liverpool side who struggled in front of goal last season.
The loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and persistent injury problems of Daniel Sturridge meant Liverpool mustered 52 league goals last term, a significant decrease against the 101 scored in the 2013-14 season.
With 11 goals in his debut season in the Premier League, the 22-year-old Ings may well find himself a regular starter come August as the Liverpool collective of Sturridge, Lambert, Borini and Balotelli could only manage a combined total eight goals in the last campaign.
After departing ways with talismanic captain, Steven Gerrard, who heads to play or MLS side LA Galaxy, the acquisition of Milner last week was seen as a shrewd piece if business in an attempt to plug the hole left in midfield by the Anfield great.
Unlikely to match Gerrard’s goal-scoring talents, who at 34-years-old once again finished the season as Liverpool’s top scorer with nine strikes, Milner’s unrelenting work-rate will fit well into Brendan Rodgers’ team plans.
Representing a significant statement of intent from Liverpool, both singings signal the start of a new era without Gerrard, and a new direction for the club.
Unlike last summer when the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic to name a few, all arrived in multi-million pound deals, Liverpool have tapped into the free transfer market to get a jump on their rivals and bag themselves some of the Premier League’s biggest bargains.
Of course that may be due to change in the coming weeks should the much anticipated sale of Raheem Sterling come to fruition and provide Rodgers with sizeable funds to once again invest into new players.
With more new players likely to arrive in the coming months, fans will be expecting their club to acquire at least one star name by the end of the transfer window to inject a much needed boost into the Anfield outfit now that their hero for so long has departed.
Though with the early additions of Milner and Ings already confirmed, more players of similar quality will ensure that Liverpool remain in the hunt for Champions League qualification next season.
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