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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rodgers to exercise spending restraint

Brendan Rodgers has warned that he won't spend transfer cash for the sake of it

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the forthcoming transfer window will not provide the answer to all his side's problems.

The Reds boss does not have a great deal of cash at his disposal and with a deal virtually agreed for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge the pursuit of Blackpool winger Tom Ince continues. But aside from that pair it seems unlikely there will be many more additions because of budgetary restraints.

Rodgers admits next season "the purse strings will be loosened" on the back of the influx of money from a new television deal but for now he is trying to make the best of his situation.

"We won't be overly busy in January but some reinforcements will be nice, just the addition of some firepower to help us at the top end of the field," he told Press Association Sport.

"There won't be a great deal of business done, we are probably just trying to get some of the business done which we hoped to do in the summer."

He added: "From next season the purse strings should loosen a bit more but in terms of this season it was always on the understanding it was going to be tight in terms of finance."

Rodgers has always maintained he wants to bring a certain type of player to Anfield and he does not think he will have many options available to him in January.

But he needs a successful window in order to keep the critics at bay as defeat at Stoke on Wednesday left him with the same record as much-maligned former boss Roy Hodgson, having taken just 25 points from 19 league matches.

Hodgson lasted just one more game before getting the sack and, while no-one is suggesting there is a risk of Rodgers heading the same way, continual comparisons with that previous regime are not complimentary.

"We had hoped to do some business at the back end of August and we weren't able to do that," said the Northern Irishman. "The addition of a few faces in January can freshen up the group and allow us to kick on."

Press Association

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