The January transfer window will present an interesting set of challenges for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after the club's slow start. The fact he's talking about making mid-season moves despite those struggles is a positive sign for the fans.
Thoughts from the first-year boss were passed along by ESPN. He's hoping to bring in a few players in January rather than standing pat until the summer, but understands there are some obstacles that will likely stand in his way.
"This was our sixth draw of the season, and we need one or two more players in the January transfer window to turn those draws into victories," the Anfield manager said.
"But those players don't come cheap, and there won't be too many available in January."
The second part of those comments is the reason other managers in a similar situation would opt to remain quiet in January. Since the amount of talent available is far less than in the summer, the cost of players tends to jump.
After all, the early part of the season has illustrated that Liverpool isn't a contender. One or two moves aren't likely to cause a major change in the outlook for this season, meaning the safe route would be to ride it out and see what happens over the summer.
Instead, it sounds like Rodgers plans on being aggressive in chasing down potential targets. Liverpool fans, who have every right to feel frustrated, should view that as a sign that he's going to do everything he can to improve the squad, even if it means taking some risks.
That's exactly what January moves would be. The Reds would have to open the checkbook in order to bring in a couple players that fit Rodgers' system, knowing the full impact on the decisions probably won't be felt until next season.
In order for Liverpool to start moving back toward the elite class, however, it's going to take some bold moves. Playing it safe isn't going to work when teams like Chelsea and the dominant Manchester clubs are always making upgrades.
Rodgers seems to understand that. If he's going to survive at Anfield over the long haul, it's will be due to the decisions he made to get the club trending in the right direction again. Sitting in the middle of the table isn't going to cut it.
It's going to take some tough choices along the way—choices with the potential to backfire—but staying on the current path isn't going to work.
Aside from identifying players who would be a good fit for Liverpool, Rodgers must also convince the ownership that the moves he tries to make in January will be money well spent. That's something which will be easier said than done.
So it's clear he faces an uphill battle as the window approaches, but the fact he has the right plan of attack in mind is the first step. He was brought in to reverse the club's fading fortunes, and he's certainly not going to wait around and hope it happens by magic.
If nothing else, Rodgers' comments will make January a lot more interesting for Reds fans as the rumor mill will be working on overdrive. That hasn't always been the case for Liverpool lately.