Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says it's crucial his top players feel they're making progress.

Rodgers is determined not to lose his best players.

"The players need to feel there is hope," said Rodgers. "I don't want people who don't want to be here, but top players like Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez have all committed to the cause. They obviously feel there is hope that the model will work.

"The reality is we're a team that haven't been challenging for the last number of years and it is going to need that wee bit of time. I believe we are going down the right route because, if you're not going to invest as heavily, you have to build."