By Kevin Koczwara
Brendan Rodgers has been short on options with his thin Liverpool squad. This week in the team’s 3-1 loss in the League Cup to Swansea, Rodgers played midfielder Jordan Henderson at right back and was forced to play 18-year-old Samed Yesil as the team’s lone forward because there weren’t any other options. Luis Suarez is Rodgers only choice for a first team forward at the moment, and he desperately needed some sort of rest after the grueling 2-2 draw with Everton from the weekend and with Newcastle coming-up in only a few short days. Henderson was played at right back because Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson are both out injured and Andre Wisdom desperately needed to recover from his knocks.
Thankfully for the manager, though, he has been apparently reassured that he will have funds to add to his slowly depleting first-team during the January transfer window, which is still weeks away.
“We’ll have funds. I’m in talks with the owners at the moment along with our recruitment team. We know we need to reinforce the group, so that’s something that is ongoing,” Rodgers told reporters today.
“The priority is to get players into the building. Our squad is very small, very thin on the ground, and the players have performed admirably up until now. They have been terrific in their mentality considering the games they’ve been playing.”
Young players like Suso, Raheem Sterling and Wisdom have all come into the squad and made an impact with the number of dependable first-team players being minimal. But it is a bit much to ask of such inexperienced players to compete week-in and week-out against top-flight talent in the Premier League, and the grueling nature of the league’s calendar, plus the trips to Europe for Europa League ties. With Fabio Borini out and Stewart Downing and Joe Cole not adding much in the faith department for Rodgers, he will be looking to add more dynamic players to the squad who can jump in and give him more options from top to bottom on his squad sheet. No longer will he be looking to ship players out like he did when he first arrived earlier this summer as Liverpool’s third manager in as many years.
“At this moment in time, it really is about reinforcing the group rather than looking too much at people going the other way,” said Rodgers.