While Sturridge was a much-needed addition for a roster lacking goals in the first half of the season, manager Brendan Rodgers is far from done retooling his squad in the way he sees fit. According to Mirror Football’s David Maddock, Rodgers said he is still looking for goal scorers:
“There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in and we will get the backing and support from the owners. We want to bring in goals and we want to bring in players who can assist in scoring goals.”
Rodgers has also shown interest in Blackpool forward Thomas Ince, whose 13 goals in 24 games leads his squad by a wide margin, but talks involving Ince have yielded little direction (according to The Telegraph).
Midseason acquisitions are rarely cheap, though, and Rodgers isn’t banking on fixing all of his club’s problems by spending money in January. Liverpool would benefit from adding a striker like Demba Ba, who is currently in talks with Chelsea (according to the BBC), but Ba would surely come with a hefty price tag.
The Telegraph also claims that rumors of a Kevin Gameiro loan seem to be picking up steam after the Sturridge transfer, though, which makes sense for a club interested in adding goals without overspending. Gameiro has scored seven goals in league play in the first half of this season, and Liverpool could look to add Gameiro for a short-term loan to add some firepower to the final third.
Nothing substantial has surfaced for Liverpool beyond the transfer of Sturridge, but the midseason transfer period has just begun. In the next month, the club will be exploring all of its options to bolster a mediocre attack that has lacked consistency in the first half.
Moving into February without a significantly improved roster is something Rodgers is hoping to avoid. Given the landscape of the transfer rumors and talent available, Liverpool should be able to maneuver their way into a deal or two to add some consistency, even if it isn’t provided by a starter—provided the price is right.