The Merseysiders produced, arguably, their worst performance of the season at the KC Stadium yesterday, as they slipped to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Steve Bruce’s newly promoted side.
Liverpool entered the clash without nine-goal hit-man Daniel Sturridge – who is set to miss the entire festive period with an ankle injury – while Philippe Coutinho was also deemed not fit enough to start.
This forced Rodgers into making multiple changes to his starting XI and thrust fringe players such as Raheem Sterling into action.
Although the Northern Irishman believes his side have the ability to compete domestically, he hinted that signings must be made in January to maintain a push for Champions League qualification:
“There’s no doubt our quality in our squad, with all due respect, isn’t big enough to cope with two big players like that missing,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“We still have some very good players. Obviously, Daniel could be out for up to eight weeks with his ankle problem.
“Philippe hasn’t trained all week. He has a high ankle strain and had some injections to get on the bench. He did very well to get on the field.
“You take those two out… they are two very, very good players, who have been very efficient for us.
“This period now will test us. For the players who come in, it will be a great opportunity to stake their place in the team and hopefully we can get back to winning games.”
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