Rodgers warns Liverpool cannot afford to spend big in January

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told any supporters expecting the club to splash the cash when the winter transfer window opens in January that they are likely to be disappointed, the Daily Mail has reported.

Rodgers added that he did intend to add to his squad but it would be on a more frugal basis than past transfer windows have been at Anfield, a legacy of the club’s past lavish spending and a reflection of the owners’ desire to see out a more efficient way of conducting business.

Liverpool did not dip into the transfer market in the January 2012 window but 2011 saw extensive spending by former manager Kenny Dalglish. In January of that year Liverpool sold Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel and signed Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, while the summer saw the arrival of the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, all for substantial fees.

Rodgers said: “This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where it was at. There was a big investment in the club and obviously a lot of players went out in the summer and a few came in. We will look to do some business in January to help and support the players here.

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