Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Narrows Search to Key Positions

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers sits in the technical area prior to kick off for their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Dec.15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Liverpool aren't in the hunt to beef up their defensive ranks this winter despite a rout of injuries damaging the first-team lineup in recent weeks.

Brendan Rodgers is willing to wait on the fitness of those players already under his command, according to the Daily Star's Colin Harvey:

We've got a lot of defenders and I'm not sure we need many more in - my first look will always be towards the young players. The likes of Jon Flanagan are coming back and hopefully one or two of the others might not be too far away.

I wouldn't say we need any more defenders in.

Flanagan is just one of the names to have missed out in recent weeks, with Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho also sidelined.

The Reds boss appeared on talkSPORT on Friday morning (h/t The Telegraph), saying he still hopes to strike a deal for Basel attacker Mohamed Salah, who is very close to a move to Chelsea.

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Rodgers is right to put faith in his squad, but the decision not to add even temporary options at the back could derail the fine work that Liverpool have put in during the first half of this season.

Aston Villa are the only other club currently in the Premier League's top half who have conceded a higher portion of goals than Liverpool so far this term.

The Merseyside club's attacking prowess has been enough to pitch the club among the top four this term, thanks largely to the 22-goal contribution of Luis Suarez.

It would now seem as though Rodgers is looking for more of the same, and a good offence is proving to be the best form of defence as things stand.

The Bib Theorists' podcast discussed the topic of Liverpool's defence after the recent 5-3 win over Stoke City.

While showing positives, that clash exposed some very obvious weaknesses, too.

With a healthy squad, Liverpool boast arguably as fine a selection of defenders as any other Premier League outfit, with Sakho, Agger, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure all capable of impressing in the right concoction.

Johnson and Enrique have had their stretches of fine form in the past, too, and the likes of Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and Flanagan hold promise for the future.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Martin Skrtel of Liverpool is watched by team mate Kolo Toure of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England
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With such a long list of both present and future options at his disposal, one can understand why defence wouldn't be a main concern for Rodgers. The Liverpool boss has more pressing concerns elsewhere, such as finding a long-term replacement for the ageing Steven Gerrard.

However, with just a week of this month's transfer window left, it's becoming increasingly unlikely that such business will be concluded in January.


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