Liverpool boss Rodgers eyeing January recruits

The 40-year-old is hoping to replicate the Reds’ transfer success last year, when they signed Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, while he lamented the loss of Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers is planning to add to Liverpool’s squad in the January transfer window if he can find the right calibre of player.

The Anfield outfit currently occupy second place in the Premier League, and trail Arsenal by five points ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Rodgers has utilised the January window to good effect in the past, bringing in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho earlier this year, and intends to bolster his ranks once again, but only if the deal helps to improve the playing squad.

“It’s not just about getting them, it’s who is available,” Rodgers said. “We did fabulous business last January with Coutinho and Sturridge.

“But if there are players out there, then I know the owners will support me. It has to be a player who will come in and make a difference.”

The Northern Irishman admitted it was a blow to lose influential captain Steven Gerrard, who will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but challenged other members of his squad to stake a claim for a starting spot.

“Whenever any team misses its best player it makes a difference. He has been ever present during my time, fantastic on and off the pitch,” Rodgers added.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more of him. Of course we will miss Steven, as we will Daniel Sturridge. But it is up to someone to step up to the plate in his absence.”

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