While his team expected to undergo an extensive overhaul this summer, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still silent on their intent to get winger Memphis Depay.
“You know me in terms of speculation on players,” Rodgers in an interview. “The kid is a very talented player of course but I wouldn’t like to confirm either way.”
However, the Reds’ boss reaffirmed how he sees Depay fitting into his team. “It’s clear we need a goal threat for next year so there’s going to be a whole raft of players who will be looked at and then it’ll be up to the club, whether they’re affordable and if they are available.”
ESPNFC has earlier reported that Liverpool is keen on getting PSV Eindhoven’s Depay in a bid to improve their goal-scoring capabilities. The team evidently felt the loss of Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona last year, as they have managed to score only 47 goals so far this season-a far cry from the 90 they netted last season. Aside from Depay, the Reds are also said to be eyeing Burnley’s Danny Ings.
But, Rodgers acknowledged that their inability to qualify for next season’s Champions League might affect their chances of signing up players. “If we’re not in the Champions League which is probably highly likely, players will still maybe want to come but they want to play in the Champions League.”
Analysts say that signing up scorer will most likely be top priority this coming summer for Rodgers this summer in order to make up for the loss of forward Daniel Sturridge. The team has earlier announced that Sturridge will most likely miss the final month of the season due to a torn hip muscle that he sustained last March.
“It’s been difficult. Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and work and help the team but it’s been one of those seasons for him,” Rodgers said of his player’s situation. The 25-year old Sturridge has made only seven Premier League starts during this season after being beleaguered by injuries.