Liverpool go into 2015 in the eighth place and while it is of course disappointing and unexpected, the Reds are five points off the fourth spot and the summer additions look like they’re finally settling and doing well as individuals and as a team.
With the transfer window officially just hours away, there naturally are a lot of questions as to whether the Merseysiders will be spending and making additions this January as they look to finish the season in the top 4. In the absence of Daniel Sturridge, the Reds have lacked a natural goalscorer and many had thought that they will be looking at a striker as well as a goalkeeper to get this winter.
Brendan Rodgers was quizzed on the matter before the Leicester game on New Year’s Day and responded saying that it will be a quiet transfer window from the Reds’ side and they will only make additions if they think it can significantly improve the team.
“My first look is always within,” he said in the pre-match conference
“We have seen how we have adapted the team and the structure of the team in order to make that work. I still think we’ve got players that can do that for us.
“So there won’t be much activity for us in January. We brought in a lot of players over the course of the summer that we feel can develop, and those players are now starting to adapt to the life here at Liverpool and our way of working.
“There won’t be a lot of transfer activity from us – if any – over the course of the January period. My job is to coach and manage the players that are currently here and work hard at maximising the talent that they have. That’s what we’ll look to do.”
Rodgers continued: “I don’t think it’s a good time to spend. If you look at last year, we never brought anyone in. My job is to coach the players we’ve brought in, to manage them.
“If there is something that’s available, the beauty of our owners here is that they will always back what it is we want to do. If there was something there that we felt would improve us for the short-term and longer term, we would pretty much do that.
“But I’m happy with how the group is progressing. It has been a tough start to the season for us but I can see our game coming back, the work and the confidence all returning to the team.
“Unless it was something that was going to significantly improve us, I don’t want to stockpile players here. We have got some outstanding young talents out on loan.
“We sent young Jordon Ibe out for experience and he’s having a wonderful season at Derby. We’ve got other young players like Andre Wisdom out working really well.
“My focus will always be on what we’ve got from within, in terms of our young talent and other players. If there’s something that’s available that can improve us, I would take that to the owners and we would look at it from there”.
Liverpool fans might be disappointed with these comments because even though the team is returning to good form and Daniel Sturridge is two weeks or so away from return, the club does need a striker and a goalkeeper desperately to ensure a top 4 finish. The arrival of Sturridge will be like a new signing but if he gets injured again, Liverpool might return to their hapless ways and they don’t want it happening at the most crucial time. However, managers seldom give it away what and who they are looking at in the transfer window so Rodgers might be taking away attention from any targets in the media and he does have a history of diplomatically keeping the media away from what is actually brewing at the club.