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New signings can help Brendan Rodgers survive as Liverpool manager

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The transfer window has only been open for three days and already Brendan Rodgers has just about finished his business, with maybe just the signing of a big-name striker imminent.

There will obviously be some outgoings at Anfield in the next few weeks, with probably the biggest name being Raheem Sterling, but Rodgers must now start integrating his new signings into his squad as soon as possible, so that his chosen first XI hit the ground running on August 8, when Liverpool visit the Britannia Stadium to play Stoke City who humiliated Liverpool on the final day of the 2014-15 season, when they thrashed the Merseysiders 6-1.

Having already made six new signings, Rodgers is probably still on the lookout for another top quality striker, and it is looking increasingly likely that the player he will bring to Anfield is Christian Benteke, the Belgian international currently at Aston Villa.

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If Liverpool meet his buy-out clause of £32 million then it is almost certain that his destination will be Anfield, unless another club comes in with a late bid, which at the price quoted seems highly unlikely.

Rodgers now has the task of moulding his new-look squad into a side that is not only capable of getting into the top four in the Premier League, but can also be considered as likely winners of one of the three cup competitions they will be playing in this season.

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Challenges facing Liverpool

The biggest task facing the manager will be replacing the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, but it is about time the current squad played as a team and did not rely on one or two players as they have done for the past couple of seasons.

There is no doubt that without Gerrard and Suarez, Liverpool would not have come as close as they did in the 2013-14 season to winning the Premier League, and in truth last season was an unmitigated disaster.

They finished in sixth place in the league, went out of the Champions League at the group stage, from a group that contained a Swiss team and a Romanian team, and got knocked out of the FA Cup to Aston Villa at Wembley when they performed miserably.

Having been at Anfield for three years now, this season is surely Rodgers' last chance to prove that he is the man to bring back the good times to Liverpool Football Club.

New signings Nathaniel Clyne, Robert Firmino, James Milner and Danny Ings are all quality international players, and can only improve the squad.

Add to the mix Benteke, if he does sign for Liverpool, and Rodgers has a serious blend of youth and experience and a multitude of internationals at his disposal.

Rodgers under pressure

If Liverpool are not in the top two or three positions at Christmas time then there is every chance that FSG, the owners of Liverpool, will lose their patience with Rodgers and look elsewhere.

I happen to believe that Rodgers has a very good squad capable of challenging for honours this season, but if they do not, then that is down to one man and one man only: Brendan Rodgers.

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