I think Rodgers can challenge for top four with the current squad, a few tweaks in areas such as moving suarez wide and gerrard further forward will make a difference. He will address the cm problems and find a settled formation.
I don't think he will be afraid to give youth a chance and could see suso really developing in a Rodgers team as well as sterling.
If he chooses to stregthen then I would expect him to look at dm cover, a wide/am option and a goal scorer. All will no doubt have technical ability and I hope he can be shrewd.
Not sure that is realistic, we'll have to judge at the end of the summer
In one season:
We're probably not going to build a better forward line than Chelsea or Man City
we're not going to build a stronger team unit than United with the winning mentality that is now part of their DNA
We're probably not going to keep the ball better than Arsenal
We're probably not going to be as good on the break as Spurs with Bale, Lennon, Adebayor & Modric
In a nutshell, we need to find a competitive advantage that other teams will not be able to replicate easily, certainly not within the course of a season
So what are the levers/buttons we can play with?
A) tactics/formations - seems to be a Rawk favourite :-), ask yourself is it realistic for us to challenge playing 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 when other teams have better players/squad depth + very good managers? perhaps we have to do something different?
Arsenal did it in the 90s with Petit & Viera defining what the modern central midfielder would look like for the next 10 years, funnily enough Yaya Toure was one of Man City's most important players in 2012, it's simply very difficult to stop that type of player.
chelsea did it with the midfield diamond powerhouse that was Jose's second season
Rafa did it with Valencia
Barca did it with the 7 dwarfs
Plenty of other examples that more knowledgeable people than me can quote I'm sure
B) signings- Sell players who can raise the most in order to rebuild, replace from within the squad or reserves where we have ready made replacements with the added advantage that we lower our cost base and then look to make the targeted acquisitions that we all dream will happen but hardly ever come off it seems
Example- Johnson out > Kelly becomes RB + sign Clyne from Palace for £5M, we get £15M in transfer free, save £10M over 3 years in wages
I think the approach will most likely be around signings, perhaps long term the technical director will come up with a secret sauce and we see the next trend over the horizon, we shall see.