Rodgers expects 'exciting' signing
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he does not have a "wheelbarrow load" of money to spend in the transfer window but is closing in on his first signing.
However, he has stressed any new arrival will have to have the right character as well as technical ability. Rodgers, who opted out of the chase for new Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as he refused to pay over the odds for the player, said an "exciting" deal could be completed in the next few days.
"We don't have a wheelbarrow load of money, there is not the money flying about people think there is," said the Northern Irishman. "There certainly won't be as many [signings] as is being labelled out there. There have been a whole raft of players being linked and only a few are real targets for us.
"The reality is we have only made three or four enquiries about players and hopefully can close out one deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club, one the supporters will absolutely love.
"We want to work with the great players we have here and make three or four tweaks in relation to the squad that can help the group. We want to be competitive in every game and challenging at the top end."
Rodgers stamped his authority on the job early on when he refused to meet the wage demands of Sigurdsson. A deal had been agreed with former club Swansea City, where Rodgers had worked with the player for the second half of last season, but when Anfield became an option for the Iceland midfielder, the financial side changed.
The Reds manager said he was only willing to pay the market value and as a result the 22-year-old moved to Tottenham. That has put down a marker for any new potential signings as Rodgers knows exactly what type of player he wants.
"This is a club which is a way of life, it is not just a club where you turn up for two hours' training and then go away," added the 39-year-old at a press conference. "You have to be prepared to come into the culture and philosophy of the club and if you don't then it's not a problem but this is not the right fit for you.
"I want players that are hungry to succeed and want to match the ambitions of how we want to move forward and the reality of that is there are very few players who can match that. I don't just want to identify a player and then let them come in at whatever cost.
"One of the things which distorts the reality of football is money. I don't see the sense of a player coming in if we have to pay over the odds for him. There are many good players out there but not many who have the courage and bravery to play the way we want to."