Liverpool Eyeing Important Transfers in January, Says Brendan Rodgers

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Liverpool will once again look to make some big moves in the January transfer window in 2014, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds boss hasn't been afraid to spend large sums of money on recruitment since arriving at Anfield, in an attempt to get his side back to Champions League status.

Liverpool's Champions League win of 2004/05
Liverpool's Champions League win of 2004/05Ben Radford/Getty Images

Per the club's official website, Rodgers cited the success of 2013's biggest winter arrivals Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, adding he will get the owners' backing if the right targets are available:

It has to be one that can come in and help us. We saw last January with the two boys who came in and helped the team straight away, there was no hesitation with that.

It was something that they did. If that can be the case in January again, that would be brilliant for us. We want to keep improving.

The transfer business at Liverpool has been a well-chronicled aspect of the club in recent seasons. The Reds have paid out more than £180 million on transfers since the 2010 takeover of John W. Henry's Fenway Sports Group, per Transfermarkt.

Sturridge, Coutinho and Toure have all been some of 2013's highlights for the club
Sturridge, Coutinho and Toure have all been some of 2013's highlights for the clubClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rodgers has brought in a good mix of players intended for both first-team matters and future potential over the last 18 months. Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho have all impressed since moving to Merseyside this summer.

Club supporters will undoubtedly be happy with the more refined approach to business that their side have taken under their latest helmsman, with a number of big-money moves from the regimes of Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson failing to impress.

Liverpool's Biggest Expenitures Since 2010/11
NameSeason PurchasedFee PaidSeason SoldFee Sold
Andy Carroll2010/11£35 million2013/14£15.5 million
Stewart Downing2011/12£20 million2013/14£6 million
Joe Allen2012/13£15 millionStill at clubN/A
Jordan Henderson2011/12£16 millionStill at clubN/A
Daniel Sturridge2012/13£12 millionStill at clubN/A
Raul Meireles2010/11£11 million2011/12£12 million

Most infamous among those transfers sit the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, brought in for a combined £55 million, yet sold in 2013 for a total of just over £20 million.

Liverpool had shot into Premier League title contention after an impressive start to the 2013/14 campaign, but are now facing the toughest test undergone by all early risers and are now with two wins in their last six matches.

With that being the case and injuries beginning to take their toll on the squad, Rodgers finds himself in a stick-or-twist scenario. He can either hope his squad benefits from remaining a settled group, or attempt to add a couple of bodies to maintain their top-four push.

The Anfield outfit arguably now boast one of the best lineups in the English top flight when lucky enough to have a fully fit squad, but it's depth that often proves to be the making of any successful team.

Recent weeks have seen Liverpool fervently linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's Koke, per Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, who says that the midfielder's £16 million release clause is attracting Reds attention.

This falls in line with another cut-price move that's alleged to be in the pipeline for Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, who the Independent's Jack de Menezes reports could be a January arrival for the Reds with his contract set to expire next summer.

Rodgers will look to continue repairing the damage done to Liverpool in recent seasons—the club now coming up to four years without featuring in the Champions League—and it's likely that a make-or-break January will decide whether 2014 is the year of their return.