Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes he needs a bigger squad in order to maintain the Reds’ presence at the top end of the Premier League table, ESPN
Rodgers was speaking after Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by newly-promoted Hull City, a result that leaves the Anfield club in fourth place, seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal. It is only a matter of weeks ago that Liverpool were neck-and-neck with the Gunners until a draw and a defeat in their last two games saw the London club pull away.
The reverse at Hull came with Daniel Sturridge missing – ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury – and Philippe Coutinho only fit enough to make the substitutes’ bench after an ankle problem of his own. Rodgers feels that the squad cannot cope with the loss of two such important players.
“The quality of our squad isn’t big enough to cope with two big players like that missing,” he said. “No doubt it was a disruption. Daniel is out for up to eight weeks, which is a big blow for us, and Philippe didn’t train all week. He had injections just to get on the bench.
“It’s difficult if you take those two out, two players who have been very efficient for us this season,” Rodgers continued. “This little period will test us now, but players will come in and it’s a great opportunity to a stake a claim. We have a very busy period coming up and we’ve got a squad that needs as many of its good players as possible, so it’s not ideal.”
Rodgers’ comments come a month before the winter transfer window opens for business. The same period last season saw Liverpool sign both Sturridge and Coutinho, from Chelsea and Inter respectively, while a previous winter transfer window saw the arrival of Luis Suarez, bought from Ajax in 2011.
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