Date: 14th August 2014 at 4:55pm
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Brendan Rodgers believes the fact Liverpool have managed to attract top class players to the club this summer, is a ‘symbol’ of the club’s progress, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds have completed seven signings so far this summer, with Alberto Moreno expected to be confirmed as the eighth shortly.

And Rodgers believes the style in which his side performed last season has played a big part in players turning down more lucrative contracts elsewhere to head for Anfield.

“That ability to attract top players is great,” Rodgers said. “It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club – a really good symbol of where club is at. We have made huge strides in the last couple of years.

“If you’re a football player in Europe watching how we played last season and saw our supporters, your reaction would be that you’d want to play in that environment.

“It’s the most competitive league in the world and this is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“It’s a team that plays exciting football. I’m happy with the players we have got in, and we’ll be set up for an exciting season.”

The Reds have spent over £100million so far this summer, having earned £75million from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic are two of the most high profile additions added so far, and Rodgers is delighted they opted to come to Anfield.

“Lovren was a guy sought after by a number of clubs but for him to say he only wanted to come to Liverpool was great,” Rodgers added.

“Young Markovic had two or three other clubs there waiting to take him, clubs where he had mates from his international team, but he wanted to come to Liverpool.

“These guys watch football throughout Europe. They watch us and want to be part of what we’re doing. It’s the growth. It hasn’t just happened by accident. A lot of work and time has gone in both on and off the field. The most important thing is to have an identity. There is real excitement around the club.”

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