GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers plans Liverpool development after a write-off season

• Manager may have to target players who want to buy into long-term plan• ‘Champions League looks unlikely but we can still get quality starters in’• Liverpool pay for lack of firepower in goalless draw at West BromBrendan Rodgers concedes that Liverpool’s impending failure to qualify for the Champions League could lead to a double penalty as top-grade transfer targets are unlikely to head for Anfield and the dubious lure of Europa League football.The Liverpool manager refused to dismiss reports that talks have been held with Memphis Depay, the Holland and PSV Eindhoven forward, as he seeks to replace last season’s 52-goal contribution from Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge that catapulted the club back into Europe’s elite on the back of amassing 101 Premier League goals. Continue reading…