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Rodgers: Reds will push for top four.

Byline: IAN DOYLE

BRENDAN RODGERS is convinced good business in the summer transfer window can help Liverpool launch a concerted top-four challenge next season.

Rodgers was encouraged by a strong finish to the previous campaign with the Anfield outfit losing only two of their final 16 Premier League matches.

The Northern Irishman expects a busy period during the next few months as he looks to further bolster a squad he readily accepts is lacking strength in depth.

Ivory Coast centre-back Kolo Toure has already agreed to join on a free transfer from Manchester City while Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas underwent a medical yesterday ahead of completing a PS7m transfer.

And Rodgers said: "What we have shown last season is promise. There have been moments of disappointment and moments of delight but when I look at the reality of it we scored 47 goals last year and this time got 71 - and we hope to add to that amount.

"Defensively for a team that was supposed to be very strong last year we've only conceded three more goals so in terms of numbers and performance wise then we have improved.

"I believe we will improve again and we have to because we want to sustain a challenge. I think we can do but it will be a tough ask because as we improve other clubs will have masses more money to improve also.

"But I believe we have built a real good base this year. It's not my job to look for excuses, I have to find the solutions to try and push us in there and I believe we won't be too far away."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2013
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