BRENDAN RODGERS admits Liverpool need to sign “two or three” attackers in the January transfer window as the size of his rebuilding task becomes ever clearer.
The lack of depth in the Rodgers’ squad was exposed when a much-changed team crashed to a dismal 3-1 Capital One Cup fourth round defeat at home to Swansea City on Wednesday night.
It exacerbated the need for the Liverpool manager to strengthen his forward options in the New Year, with Luis Suarez at present his only available senior striker.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott remains on Liverpool’s radar with the England international yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates.
And having reiterated funds will be released by owners Fenway Sports Group, Rodgers revealed ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League visit of Newcastle United that there could be several new arrivals in January.
“We moved a lot of players in the summer and that has obviously left us thin,” said the Northern Irishman. “That was apparent on Wednesday. Now we need to improve that in January.
“We’ll have funds. We need to get in a few players who can make a massive difference for us in terms of our game. I am hopeful we can get that and really kick on in the second half of the season.
“We need players in as quick as we can. I just feel January is a window to freshen up the squad with a number of names.
“I don’t want to say a particular number but, at the top end of the field, we need that help and support. That might take two or three players to do that.
“Luis Suarez is my only striker. Samed Yesil is only 18 and behind him. That is what we have. That is part of the pain and the building process here.
“This season was always going to be that season of transition. But it won’t stop us being motivated to fight on.”
Liverpool have the option of recalling Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham United in January, but Rodgers added: “There is no point me bringing him back if he is playing games regularly for West Ham. But bringing him back is something that is always up for consideration.”