Liverpool boss Rodgers rules out January spending spree

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out an extravagant spending spree in January, but admits that he will be looking to bring in some extra attacking options once the window opens.

The Reds have struggled for options up front this season after missing out on transfer target Clint Dempsey in the summer before Fabio Borini’s foot injury left Luis Suarez as the only senior striker available at Anfield since October.

Moves for Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince have been mooted as possible solutions to their attacking dilemma, but Rodgers insists that he lacks the funds to vastly bolster the squad.

“We won’t be overly busy in January but some reinforcements will be nice, just the addition of some firepower to help us at the top end of the field,” he told reporters.

“There won’t be a great deal of business done, we are probably just trying to get some of the business done which we hoped to do in the summer.

“The budget was going to be tight this year, for a number of reasons, but we will be doing something because it is the need of the group.

“From next season the purse strings should loosen a bit more but, in terms of this season, it was always on the understanding it was going to be tight in terms of finance.”

Aside from financial constraints, Rodgers suggested that it is difficult to identify realistic targets mid-way through the season.

“We had hoped to do some business at the back end of August and we weren’t able to do that,” he said.

“The addition of a few faces in January can freshen up the group and allow us to kick on but it is all very well having absolute millions to spend if there is not the availability of players.

“It is not always about the finance and the affordability of the player, it is about the availability and, if it’s not the right availability, I won’t spend money just for the sake of it.

“Every manager would want to get them in as early as you possibly can and we have to give ourselves every chance.

“If we can get them in at the beginning, great, but, if there is something which pops up at the end of the window, we can look at it.”

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