With less than a week remaining of the transfer window, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would like to add one or two new signings to his squad.
Speaking to reporters at Melwood on Friday, Rodgers discussed the transfer window and the new scouting team at the club.
Rodgers admitted problems in the summer after his arrival:
“We were maybe a little bit short in the summer, but we all agreed this was a month that we would try and strengthen.
“It was difficult all around in the summer. I was a new manager, we didn’t have recruitment staff, I was busy in pre-season and the lines of communication maybe weren’t there.”
He explained more about the new recruitment team, and how a decision is made on signing a player:
“But from that moment on, we got the recruitment team in, the lines of communication are very clear, every knows where they are at – there is a small group of us who communicate a lot and look at the players we want to bring in. It has worked very, very well and that relationship will only get better going forward. We are all very happy.”
That team is believed to feature Rodgers, Dave Fallows, Barry Hunter and Michael Edwards.
Rodgers discussed the hopes for the rest of the January window:
“We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant and supporting.
“We know we still need one or two additions more. The club is doing everything it possible can to assist me in that. If we can, great. If not, we’ll have to review it again in the summer.”
The manager explained that a young player – possibly left-back Jack Robinson – will go out on loan:
“We’ve got a young player who’ll go out on loan to get some experience but apart from that I don’t expect people [to go]. One or two, maybe, to come in.”
And finally, on Sturridge:
“We acted quickly bringing Daniel Sturridge in and he’s made a great impact, and proven that the owners were right to fund the money for him. £12 million for a player like Daniel Sturridge is a real bargain and I think he’ll prove that over the next couple of seasons.”