Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Must Make Big Splash in January Window

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Liverpool  manager Brendan Rodgers answers questions during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Europa League match against Udinese Calcio at Anfield on October 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez often looks like the Lone Ranger—er, Red—in the attacking third. Liverpool's depth is severely lacking. The team failed to make a major splash during August's transfer window.

So you can't blame manager Brendan Rodgers for wanting to make sure his side is active during the January window. He said as much, according to the Daily Mail.

"There are still areas we want to reinforce—and we have to reinforce as soon as we can.

Our best team are comparable to any team in the Premier League. But we're a very thin squad and we are having to challenge on a lot of fronts.

I've had good conversations with the owners and they understand where we are at as a team."

The Daily Mail also notes he was left "fuming" after the team failed to sign replacements for the departed Charlie Adam, Jay Spearing and Andy Carroll. Who could blame him?

It's not hard to see that Liverpool needs improving. After seven Premier League games, the team is 14th on the table with just one win and three losses and three draws. The team's biggest additions—forward Fabio Borini and Nuri Sahin—have been unsteady at best this year.

And it might not get better for the Reds going forward.

Borini suffered a broken metatarsal bone in his foot during international duty, leaving Suarez as the team's lone striker with any experience. And speaking of Suarez, you can bet every referee in the world will take extra notice every time he hits the deck given the scrutiny surrounding his habit of diving.

So Liverpool not only needs to add depth and talent at the January window; it might simply need an infusion of energy as well. Sometimes, a scraping-by team just needs to add a new vibe to turn things around.

Now, Liverpool is talented enough to turn things around. We should be talking about a better Liverpool team than the one we are forced to describe now come January. And truthfully, we've at times seen a Reds squad that is capable of competing with any team they face.

But the consistency has been lacking, and no matter how this team improves, what it won't be in January is a squad with more depth.

Another goal-scoring threat isn't going to drop from the sky all of the sudden. Rodgers and Liverpool must know that this team will continue to struggle if they don't make additions when they have the chance in January.

The Reds must make moves. If they fail to do so, the only move that matters—moving up the table—won't happen either.


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