Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool's summer signings have a strong mentality as well as ability to succeed at the club.
The Reds finished last season in unimpressive fashion, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final and were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke City on the final day of the campaign.
Following the dismal performances in the closing stages of the season, many questioned whether the Liverpool players had the correct attitude and spirit to succeed.
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Rodgers and Co. have been hard at work during the summer transfer window to add more depth to the Merseyside club and have signed six players including £29.5 million new-boy Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke's £32.5 million move is set to be announced soon subject to a medical.
And the Northern Irishman admits he is pleased with the mentality of the players he's brought in.
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“Last season was a disappointment for us,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
"We had to ensure we brought in quality to help us improve and we have done that.
“The mentality of the players we signed was very important. I’m happy with those we’ve brought in. We had to bring in quality and players with ambition and I believe we have done that.
“I’ve got an inherent belief in the players we have brought in that they can help us push on this season. We are very hopeful that we will go on and be competitive this season and challenge on all fronts.”
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Raheem Sterling's transfer saga was published across the back pages for all the wrong reasons and his behaviour when trying to force a move to Manchester City was well out of order. He rang in to training on successive days claiming to be sick and by the end Kopites wanted him out.
Mario Balotelli is also on Liverpool's transfer list after just one year with the club. His career has been riddled with controversy throughout and despite him keeping a fairly low profile at Anfield, Balotelli has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the Reds' pre-season tour of the far east and Australia.
Liverpool do indeed want rid of the Italian, however, his stock is at a shockingly low point after scoring just four goals in all competitions last season. There's been rumours of Sampdoria possibly signing Balotelli, but, he will not take a pay cut if he is to leave.
Whilst Rodgers has been hard at work over the summer, some Kopites would still like to see a couple of more new faces at the club. Left-back is a position that is still not truly commanded by anyone given Alberto Moreno's first season following his £12 million move from Sevilla was not greatly inspiring.
Joe Gomez has moved from Charlton Athletic, however, at just 18-years-old he has some doubters given the step up for him.
However, Rodgers has stayed silent on the possibility of more signings joining in the next few weeks.
“I am only interested in talking about players that I currently have here,” the former Swansea City manager added.
“Not about players coming in or going out. We’re here just to develop the fitness of the players here and help them improve tactically.
“With half a new team coming in, we want to keep improving the dynamic and cohesion of the team.”
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