Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side could be in the title picture towards the end of the season if they can add to the squad in the January transfer window.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Rodgers said: ‘If we get a few players in in January we could be in the shake-up at the end of the season.
‘Hopefully we can get some depth to the group as that helps in the second half of the season. Don’t forget, we have to play every top team apart from Man United at home, we have had City, Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham away from home.
‘We’ve shown when we’ve got everyone available we’ll be a match for anyone. If we get that wee bit of luck and have people fit then there’s no reason why we can’t be challenging.’
There was no shortage of taking points from the match itself, with Rodgers saying Samuel Eto’o should have been sent off early on for his challenge on Jordan Henderson which led to Liverpool’s opener – Eto’o himself scored the winner for Chelsea – whilst Jose Mourinho accused Luis Suarez of a ‘swimming pool dive.’
Amongst it all was the Liverpool boss’ decision to put on 19-year-old Brad Smith for his first team debut in the second half.
Rodgers is quoted on the Liverpool website saying: ‘He’s a left-back and we put him on the left side, in front of Daniel Agger, when we had to make the changes. He’s a young boy that’s got a really bright future – hopefully today gives him great motivation.’
Daniel Agger has told the Liverpool Echo that he believes the Reds will still make the top four after dropping to fifth after back-to-back away defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Agger said: ‘I think we have shown we are close to the top teams.
‘It’s been a tough Christmas. We couldn’t have picked two tougher games.
‘We didn’t get anything out of the two games – that’s the downside – but we produced two good performances.’
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