Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Wise to Ditch Aggressive Approach to Winter Window

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 14, 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 Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Not long ago, Liverpool were forced to be among the most aggressive clubs in the transfer market. That time has come and gone, and it's encouraging for Reds' fans to see that management has grasped that reality.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made it clear that his club won't be forcing any deals over the winter period in an interview with Sky Sports, citing difficulty in the window as the main reason:

January can be a hard window. While we were very successful in it last year - with Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge - we just won't be buying for the sake of it. We will wait and see what is out there.

Aggressive buyers and dealmakers over the New Year typically resemble those clubs that haven't seen fortune swing their way by that point in the season. In most cases, the pieces simply aren't fitting and they need new players to buy in.

Liverpool aren't in that sort of predicament. In fact, the Reds' ascendance to second place in the Premier League should be a huge motivating factor in keeping things just the way they are. If it's not broken, why fix it?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpo
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It's obvious that the standards that Rodgers has implemented at Anfield have resonated with this current squad, and it has taken Liverpool beyond anyone's beliefs early on. A club that The Guardian predicted to finish sixth in the EPL this season has spent time at the top and is currently just five points shy of top-dogs Arsenal

Rodgers seems to be in the home stretch of a painful rebuilding process in Liverpool, but it hasn't happened overnight. A seventh-place EPL finish in his first season at the helm left much to be desired. 

Obviously, things have turned around quickly in 2013-14 thanks to a combination of bringing in the right talent and that talent collectively buying in to Rodgers' style. Not too surprisingly, investment in building around a squad and buying in has produced one of the most successful starts to a league season in recent history for the Reds.

As Rodgers mentioned, the acquisitions of Sturridge and Coutinho were huge for the Reds over last year's winter window. Those moves made perfect sense for the squad at the time, however, and addressed long-term starting lineup needs that no longer exist. 

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 28: Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool FC during press conference for the international friendly match between Thailand and Liverpool at Rajamangala Stadium on July 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/
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Recent injuries to Sturridge and Steven Gerrard—two of the most important players on the roster—have spurred talk of another active window. But if Liverpool have a remedy for that nagging problem, it's in their own squad and not out in the market.

Gerrard started every Premier League match this season for Liverpool before injuring his hamstring against West Ham and, per Daily Mirror's Paul Gorst, he's only expected to be out a month. That's far from enough time for someone off the market to be implemented to play such a vital role as Gerrard's in this offense. 

Sturridge missing six to eight weeks with a ligament strain, per BBC Sport, is definitely a blow, but Rodgers will take solace in having Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses ready to take advantage of the playing time. With the way Luis Suarez is playing of late, Liverpool should be fine putting any available warm body next to him in the attack. 

Sterling, 19, has done well this season when Rodgers gives him playing time and Moses, 23, has star potential that is just waiting to be tapped.

Rodgers' hard work at Liverpool is finally paying off. Keeping his squad intact for the long term, breathing confidence in his players and building chemistry have been the main reasons.

Each of those ever-important factors would be compromised if the Reds went holiday shopping for a big name this winter.