Manager Remi Garde is keen to add to his squad in the transfer window.
Remi Garde’s side are currently bottom of the Premier League after 20 games and 11 points from safety, with relegation looking a certainty come the end of the season.
They are expected to be busy in the January transfer window, with the Frenchman looking to add players to his squad in a last ditch attempt to avoid the drop.
And Houllier believes they need two or three signings at least to freshen things up at the club.
“You have to understand that maybe he [Garde] does not have the players to play in the style he wants to,” he told the Telegraph.
“Hopefully he will get some players in on loan because of the situation and offer them an opportunity for six months. He will also be preparing for next year.”
“I believe he has the backing of the chairman and there is no doubt he needs two or three players to freshen things up.”
The problem for Villa will be convincing players to come to Villa Park given the situation they are in.
Not many players are likely to fancy a relegation battle for the next six months, nor are they likely to be keen on the prospect of playing Championship football next season either.
That could leave Garde frustrated in his attempts to add to his squad in this window, and perhaps he would best be focused on turning things around with the players he already has.