Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers wants to ‘reinforce’ squad

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers wants to reinforce his squad during the January window

Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he plans to reinforce his “relatively small” Liverpool squad in January.

The Reds are feeling the strain of their growing injury list, with first-team regulars Jose Enrique, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge all sidelined.

We would want to reinforce the group, but it has to be players that are clearly better than what we have

Brendan Rodgers

But Liverpool boss Rodgers, who recruited Philippe Coutinho and Sturridge last January, will only sign players that are “clearly better” than his current crop.

“The squad we have at the moment is still relatively small, we have got a few players out,” Rodgers said.

“But I’ll always look from within, like I have done whenever we have had injuries, when young Jon Flanagan came into the team or Raheem Sterling came into the team.

“Of course, we would want to reinforce the group, but it has to be players that are clearly better than what we have that can come in and help the group.

“[In terms of] players going out, we don’t have to move anyone out. If players aren’t in the team, then they need to fight to get back in the team. That’s the beauty of the squad.

“You saw the spirit in our team as well at the weekend. If you looked at our bench when we were scoring the goals and when we were winning, it was a happy bench.

“I’ve always said to the players that aren’t playing that it’s their responsibility to support the players that are playing. If you’re out of the team, of course it’s difficult and I always acknowledge and recognise that by supporting them.

“But the players that are out of the team, it’s their job to support the players that are playing, because it’s difficult for them. They all work together; I select the team.
“There’s very much a togetherness here, and that’s one of the key facets of the season so far.”

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