Liverpool require experience: Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool London, Jan 24 (IANS): Brendan Rodgers insisted on Saturday that Liverpool will not endure another summer of wholesale change as he out ...
London, Jan 24 (IANS): Brendan Rodgers insisted on Saturday that Liverpool will not endure another summer of wholesale change as he outlined his intention to keep plenty of experience in his squad.Captain Steven Gerrard will leave a hole that cannot be easily filled when he joins LA Galaxy at the end of the season and Rodgers admits Liverpool can ill-afford more key departures, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Players such as Jon Flanagan (22), Kolo Toure (33), Glen Johnson (30) and Brad Jones (32) are all in the final six months of their current deals, while Jordan Henderson (24) and Martin Skrtel (30) are established squad members whose terms expire in 18 months.
Rodgers have indicated that he wants Johnson to stay and Lucas Leiva, the 28-year-old Brazil midfielder who has been courted by Inter Milan, is another player the manager wants to keep as he shapes a squad to challenge for the title.
"We can't have (three or four leaving). You have to realise that if you want success, you have to be unselfish. You have to think about the team. The manager picks the team to win the game," said Rodgers, whose side face Bolton at Anfield Saturday.
"You have to recognise as a manager that it is difficult for players who don't play. I speak a lot with the players but I have shown in my time here that I'm a coach who will view (what you do) in training. Lucas is a prime example."
Liverpool bought predominantly young players last summer but their interest in, among others, 29-year-old Manchester City midfielder James Milner shows they will broaden their horizons if necessary.
"I think for younger players to show that potential, they are going to need that seniority around them," Rodgers added.
"You cannot just rely on young players. Players like Glen Johnson we want to keep. Lucas we want to keep."