Roy Evans delighted with Liverpool signings

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Roy Evans is delighted with Liverpool's early business in the transfer market and believes the Merseyside outfit have took a significant upper hand over their Premier League rivals.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has worked hard in the last few weeks to secure his summer targets and has already added five new additions to his squad for the upcoming season.

James Milner rejected a new contract from Manchester City and snubbed Arsenal to put pen to paper with Liverpool on a free transfer.

Danny Ings also chose Anfield over Tottenham Hotspur and Real Sociedad after his contract with Burnley expired at the end on the 2014/15 campaign, likewise Adam Bogdan from Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool have also shelled out £29 million for Brazil international Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, the second biggest transfer fee in the Reds' history, and 18-year-old Joe Gomez has also signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5 million.

Reports also suggest Liverpool have reached an agreement with Southampton to sign right-back Nathaniel Clyne, with the England international set to sign a contract when he arrives back from holiday next week.

And former Liverpool manager Evans feels that Rodgers' early business has to be credited.

"I'm delighted with all the signings being done very early," the 66-year-old told "Otherwise, I think you can end up without the signings you wanted and you start to go and pick players who weren't quite as good as the ones you wanted at the start.

"It makes life for a manager far easier if you're getting the pick of the players at this moment in time rather than waiting for the end of the transfer window where it becomes very hectic and sometimes you make some poor decisions."

Roberto Firmino

The most eye-catching of Liverpool's five signings is Firmino as he looks the man to replace Raheem Sterling, with the England international destined to move away from Anfield this summer, with Manchester City his likely destination.

Firmino is currently on international duty at the Copa America with Brazil, alongside Reds playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Firmino has made an instant impact since making his international debut last November and scored four goals in nine matches and has currently took over the suspended Neymar's role for the tournament in Chile.

Whilst Liverpool bought a number of significant signings last summer - including Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren - for a high price with many going on to have little impact in their maiden season at Anfield, Evans believes that Firmino will easily adapt to life in the Premier League and is tipping him for success.

"I think that's a big plus as well," the Bootle native continued. "When we bought Luis Suarez he had been in Holland and played there and I think that gives you a real start, even with the culture side of things.

"If he's anywhere near as good as Luis Suarez, I think we've got a great buy.

"If you're a great player you can come and adapt to whichever club you come to. Liverpool is a great club, he'll have understood that and done his homework.

"I'm sure [Philippe] Coutinho will have had a word in Brendan's ear about what type of player he is. We've got a few Brazilians and I'm sure he'll be made to feel welcome.

"And hopefully from our point of view, and the supporters', he's a big success for us."

Change In Policy

When Liverpool lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer, they failed to line-up a worthy replacement for the Uruguayan and it had it's repercussions.

£75 million was received for Suarez and Kopites cried out for the majority of that money to go towards a new striker who would replace a large chunk of his goals.

As the Reds pondered who to buy, and didn't stump up enough cash to boycott Alexis Sanchez's move from Barcelona to Arsenal, it left Rodgers with little options as the transfer window door hung open by its hinges.

Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann both opted for Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich and Real Sociedad and Radamel Falcao chose Manchester United.

In the end, Rodgers was forced to buy Balotelli, a striker riddled with controversy and baggage. It was a risk and indeed one that did pay off as the Italian netted just four goals in all competitions during his debut season and Liverpool are desperate to sell him and cut their losses.

With Sterling already on the verge of moving to Manchester City, Rodgers and Co. have identified a problem early that they will have a significant gap to fill in their squad.

However, instead of repeating their actions last summer, they have learned from their mistake and purchased a worthy replacement in Firmino.

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