Anfield boss ready to splash the cash.
Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince remain Anfield-bound in January, but Brendan Rodgers is adamant his main transfer strategy for reviving Liverpool’s fortunes will be played out at the end of the season.
Chelsea striker Sturridge has already had a medical on Merseyside, while Blackpool forward Ince will follow him into Anfield, as Rodgers looks to give his team more attacking impetus.
But the additions Rodgers sees as vital to restoring Liverpool to their former status as regulars in the Champions’ League will be made after he completes an in-depth review of his first season in charge.
Rodgers cites instilling greater consistency as his main objective, and, much as Sturridge and Ince are expected to add energy and drive to the second half of Liverpool’s season, he admitted he will be looking for proven top-flight performers when the window reopens in the summer.
‘We have enquired about some players and hope to be able to do something in January,’ said the Liverpool manager.
‘There are a lot of names being mentioned, but we should be able to make some additions and make them pretty early.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Brendan Rodgers is right to identify his attack as the area that is in most urgent need of assistance and moves to bring in Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge will greatly aid that problem area.
The Liverpool boss will look to bring the pair in early on to avoid a repeat of the deadline-day debacle that led the club to be woefully short of striking options, leaving Luis Suarez having to single handedly lead the line. Luckily for the Merseyside club the Uruguayan has risen to the occasion as without the former Ajax man’s goals the Anfield side would be near the relegation zone.
Tom Ince left Liverpool 18 months ago having failed to break into the first team but clearly Rodgers has assured the Blackpool youngster that he will be given the chance to shine in his second spell. The England Under 21 international will have seen the Northern Irish boss give a real chance to youngsters Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom and the trio have not let the manager down.
Daniel Sturridge offers Liverpool an adaptable attacking option with the Chelsea man equally effective in a wide role or in as an orthodox striker. The Blues man has barely featured for the Stamford Bridge side over the past year and has been dropped from the England side as a result.
The 23 year old has plenty of talent and will be eager to prove his doubters wrong and Liverpool will hope that the former Man City man can recapture the form that impressed many during his early Chelsea career as well as during a successful loan spell at Bolton, which really kick-started a career that had stagnated at the Etihad Stadium.
In the longer term Liverpool may look to add further strength in depth as they push for an end to a lean spell at that has seen the club finish out of the top four for each of the past three seasons.
Liverpool’s American owners do appear to be looking to reduce transfer spending after seeing a £120m outlay on new additions during Kenny Dalglish’s reign result in the Anfield outfit actually moving backwards. Now the emphasis is very much on youthful progression and this organic approach, though lengthy, may be a more cost-effective way to achieve the success the club’s supporters crave.
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