Capital One Cup it appears Brendan Rodgers has had enough. The Ulsterman is demanding money for reinforcements and honestly it’s hard to blame him.

The 39-year-old inherited an over-priced squad lacking attacking talent and experience in defence. But will spending significant money really solve all Liverpool’s problems?

Its clear Liverpool FC are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League title, while Arsenal’s recent failings have made the battle for the final Champions League spot seem very competitive, with Everton’s improvement this year and Andre Villas-Boas’s enigmatic Tottenham Hotspur team mean Liverpool might not be miles away from qualification for Europe’s coveted competition.

The obvious faults Rodgers will need to address is an over-dependence on youth. Raheem Sterling should not consistently be one of the club’s best attacking outlets at 17, while Suso at just 18 will also need to be used sparingly. While Liverpool’s embarrassing lack of striking options has been well-documented. New players may also need to be considered at full-back where Martin Kelly is side-lined and Jose Enrique continues to disappoint. While there is an argument the Reds’ position of 12th in the league is false due to a daunting run of fixtures at the start of the season, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Chelsea are three of their next five league games, so improvement on that front may not be instant.

My main question before suggesting how much money is thrown at Liverpool’s problems is what do Liverpool truly hope to achieve this year? Signing three £10 million plus creative options wouldn’t guarantee they finished above Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle. The other main problem is there’s no guarantee that the ex-Swansea boss is the right man to sign players on Anfield.

Joe Allen has been impressive upon his arrival, but hasn’t solved the club’s profligacy in front of goal. While Italian striker Fabio Borini’s signing looks like a hasty error when you consider Jermain Defoe might have been available for a similar price. It is also worth mentioning just how badly a combination of the owners and manager got it wrong on deadline day. Rodgers failed to compile a satisfactory list of striking targets, pinning his hopes solely and naively on signing Clint Dempsey. When he and the owners failed to get their man, Liverpool ended up with only two strikers at the club until January and better preparation from both parties could have solved this nightmare scenario.

I believe Liverpool should back the young manager if they truly believe he’s the man to eliminate the current state of mediocrity that has surrounded Liverpool. Such is the Merseyside club’s recent failings, little has been made in the national media of their cup exit or their disappointing draw at home to Stoke City, as it no longer surprises anyone.

Players who can score goals and ease the burden on youngsters are a must this January for Liverpool, but such were the failings of the club under the previous regime, balancing the books will not be easy. Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Joe Cole’s stock has dropped so dramatically at Anfield, finding potential suitors for the expensive errors will not be easy. Criticism of Henderson has been harsh considering his age and a loan deal with another Premier League club may be possible. But finding anyone willing to pay eight figures for £20 million man Downing after no assists and goals in league competition could prove impossible, also with Joe Cole in the twilight of his career, selling him and getting rid of his lucrative wages will not be easy.

Chance conversion and turning possession into goals once again, remain much like last season key areas of weakness for Liverpool. Player’s who fit Brendan Rodgers’ system and can help Luis Suarez in terms of goal-scoring are a must, but may not solve the underlying problem of constant misspending of money at Anfield. Finding a quick fix in January is also historically unlikely.

The most successful January signings to my memory are the ones who pay off in the long-term. Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra both initially struggled at Manchester United before finding their feet in their first full season at the club – both have now had long successful careers at Old Trafford. With the difficulty of integrating new players into a system set-up during pre-season half-way through the season obvious, I’m not convinced there’s much Rodgers and co can do to stop Liverpool coming up short in their quest for Champions League football.

However a few astute signings in January could save the club from the humiliation of once again finishing bellow bitter rivals, Everton.

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  • chunky
    2 years ago

    I fully agree to your point that our failures are no longer “newsworthy” as we have now settled into being a non-noteworthy team of simple lower to middle table outfits. I very much doubt that FSG will provide sufficient funds for any major improvements come January. They will probably sanction about £12M tops.It will be “sell or little” and I fear nobody will wants the sales on show!

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    • Hajrah Rasool
      2 years ago

      hello Hajrah asnel shud win master united today roney missed pen today

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  • Phidman
    2 years ago

    BR himself he prooved to sign some poor players like Borin for 10M while he could be in a position to sign good players such as Demba Ba for cheap as 7M compared to borin who failed to help the Anfield host so far while the story could be different if Demba Ba could be signed.

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  • SilverSurfer
    2 years ago

    Why “an embarrassing home defeat to Swansea City”?
    Swansea City is currently a better alround footballing side than Liverpool, that is after all why they brought him and Joe Allen in from the Swans in order to try to replicate their style.
    LFC and the biased media just need to take a step back and get a reality check that while Liverpool have history they are not and never will be the force they once were.. just look at Leeds and Notts Forest

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  • yuvank
    2 years ago

    BR can,t put z blame on previous manager. he should hve ensured that he had z required players before selling z likes of adam or others tho am not a fan of them. Today we’re left with a very thin squad just imagine if Suarez gets injured. Another mistake of BR overusing Raheem Sterling soon z kid will burnt out himself

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  • David
    2 years ago

    Silver surfer is quite right. Swansea City took four points from Liverpool last season and did not concede.

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  • Hajrah Rasool
    2 years ago

    liverpool can,t win tommorow with newclste

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  • Lee
    2 years ago

    Your all right the manager and owners made huge mistakes in not signing more strikers before deadline day but we all new the stituation before the manager came in , Liverpool have slowly been declining over the seasons it’s gona take a lot of cash and time to turn the club around. Everyone knows that when Brendon’s came in it was gona be a long road to victory but they have played better footy unfortunately it just takes time and money , with the tight money situation that Liverpool r in its not gona be any time soon but it will happen

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  • zahid
    2 years ago

    Bring good Strikers like Huntelaar/Sturridge/Walcott/Demba/Zaha.See what Sir Alex is doing all top players are in frontline giving pressure to opponets defense line so do that system.

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