Reds boss says club reputation will be key to finding right replacement for Steven Gerrard.
Brendan Rodgers has said the legendary Anfield atmosphere will be crucial to attracting the world’s biggest names to Liverpool in the future.
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The Reds boss also accepted that the club couldn’t compete in terms of wages with the biggest sides in Europe as he searches for a world-class replacement for outgoing skipper Steven Gerrard.
Rodgers knows he needs to sign a big name player to placate a frustrated fanbase who have seen nine summer signings continue to flounder and must now face next season without the club’s talismanic captain
Their financial restraints compared to more lucrative sides has meant the club have struggled to match the growing wage bill for Europe’s top players.
Rodgers, however, believes it will be the club’s history, not its finances, that will be the driving force behind any player’s decision to join the Merseyside club.
“I know the reality of the situation here, it is not a surprise to me. I know what I am dealing with but we have to strive to be the best no matter what wages are spent out on other teams,” he said, reports Daily Mirror.
“For a lot of players it’s two things – game time and money, simple as that. That’s the way of the modern game – how often are they going to play and money that they’ll earn.
“But we have to believe the status of this club, the idea that the club moving forward is something, and a challenge that will make players still want to come here.
“The team has changed and the players have changed but the great name of Liverpool is still the same.”
Rodgers will know that he needs to find a suitable replacement for the presence of Gerrard in midfield, but believes he may be able to do so without breaking Liverpool’s tight wage structure.
“There is no doubt that we need to replace that quality. Either through some of our young players getting an opportunity or players stepping up to the mark, but also bringing in that quality,” the Northern Irishman continued.
“I’ve great confidence that what we are doing is the right way to work. Obviously we need to prove that on the field.”