Brendan Rodgers plays down January window

Liverpool manager Brendan RodgersLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned fans of the club not to expect all of their issues to be solved in January.

It’s widely believed that the Reds will be in the market for a number of players next month, with a striker and wide midfielder thought to be top targets to aid their Premier League campaign.

The Reds have been heavily linked with Daniel Sturridge in recent weeks and are also said to be closing in on a deal for Blackpool starlet Thomas Ince.

However, Rodgers has played down the significance of the winter window, hinting that the real work will be done next summer:

“All our problems were never going to be solved in this window because the January window is one of the least ¬productive, and the least ¬movement goes on there.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“I see lots of names bandied about and, with all due respect, they’re names that are pie in the sky because there won’t be too many top players moving about in January, as clubs want top money.

“There is a bigger picture, for sure, and it goes back to ¬affordability. The reality is, for all the names bandied about, are they going to be ¬available?

“It will come down to two things: the availability and affordability of players, and in the January window you don’t get either.”

But, he did hint that money is in place to bring in some attacking reinforcements to ease the burden on Luis Suarez:

“There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in and we will get the backing and support from the owners,

“We want to bring in goals and we want to bring in players who can assist in scoring goals.”