Brendan Rodgers has said Liverpool supporters should not expect the upcoming transfer window to provide solutions to all of the problems plaguing the team on the field, the
Rodgers is expected to pursue a number of players in January, including Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, Blackpool’s former Liverpool youngster Thomas Ince and Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli, but the manager is insistent that any signings made next month will be for the long-term good of the club, rather than to solve any short-term issues.
The former Swansea City boss admitted he is wary of the January window as it rarely provides value for money, nor is it the time to conduct sensible business for the long-term, as selling clubs command higher fees in the winter than they do in the summer. For that reason, Rodgers expects precious little movement across football as a whole.
“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,” Rodgers said.
“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.”
Liverpool are currently 12th in the Premier League, coming off the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa. The Reds are seven points adrift of the top four, and equally seven points clear of 18th-placed Wigan Athletic.
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