Ex-Liverpool defender offers take on recent transfer business - report

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Former Liverpool defender John Scales has told Sky Sports that Brendan Rodgers faces an 'interesting' challenge in the January transfer window.

Former Liverpool defender John Scales has told Sky Sports that the January transfer window could be ‘difficult’ for Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds were busy last summer, with over £100 million spent on fresh faces.

The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona helped to make funds available, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli added to the ranks.

Scales, who spent two years at Anfield during his playing days, admits that the new recruits have taken time to settle.

He believes that is why Rodgers will look to bolster his ranks again, but concedes that the New Year market is never an easy one to negotiate.

Scales told Sky Sports News HQ: "It's difficult for Liverpool. You look at past January transfer window and the transfer policy generally and there have been one or two hits and one or two misses.

"In the last year, Adam Lallana has started to come good, (Lazar) Markovic has shown the talent and skill that he has got, (Philippe) Coutinho has come in and done very well and (Raheem) Sterling has had a fantastic couple of years.

"Then you have players who are still trying to settle in; Lovren, (Mamadou) Sakho, they have been a bit disappointing, defensively they have been a bit all over the place. It's difficult to rebuild the team in January to go in the market and spend a lot of money.

"If Balotelli goes, do they bring (Divock) Origi back from Lille or do they go into the market and get (Saido) Berahino? We are going to be in for an interesting second half of January but they will certainly dip into the transfer market if they can.”

Liverpool have enjoyed an upturn in fortune over recent weeks and are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.

That run has a carried them through to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, the fourth round of the FA Cup and up to eighth in the Premier League standings.

They are now just five points adrift of the top four and a return to Champions League competition in 2015/16 could be on the cards if the right additions are made and current form is maintained.

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