Brendan Rodgers targets players to come straight into Liverpool team

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets players to come straight into the starting lineup in the January transfer window.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he will target players to come straight into the first team in January.

Despite the Reds winning six of their first 10 league games, the 40-year-old is already looking ahead to the January transfer window, and has said that players will be needed to come straight into the starting XI.

"We need to bring in players for the team," Rodgers told The Guardian. "We've got a squad and we've got enough cover, but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team.

"We did that last year and benefited from that. We know what we need to improve and we know the areas we need to improve but it's all about timing and all about affordability and can we do it?

"I always hope that in each window we can improve the team and if we can do that we can rightly be up there."

Rodgers brought in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho at the start of 2013 for a combined total of £20m, and Rodgers is hoping to bring in players of similar quality.

"Last January we got Sturridge and probably a lot of people had never heard of Coutinho, but you can see he's a top young player," he added.

"That's the challenge for us and the reality of where we are.

"There will be players that want to come but they'll maybe want Champions League football. We can't worry about it, we just need to find players that can make the difference for us."

Liverpool take on Fulham in the Premier League in a 3pm kickoff today.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013
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