A full back and two midfielders - Brendan Rodgers' January shopping list

Brendan Rodgers has promised January signings but where does he need extra cover?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted he will be looking to make signings this winter as he attempts to reinforce the squad, giving Liverpool a better chance of securing European football by the end of the campaign.

Liverpool went into the League Cup clash against Manchester United with a full strength team while David Moyes was able to make several changes, illustrating the difference between each side’s squad.

“Now we can only concentrate on the league through to Christmas. We have to make sure we stay up in the top six in the league and keep fighting. Hopefully we can reinforce again in January,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.

There are three areas that Rodgers will need to strengthen this winter.

Full Back

At the moment, Jose Enrique is the primary left-back in the team and when he’s unavailable, Liverpool have no natural back up in that position with Aly Cissokho injured.

Equally on the right, the recent injury to Glen Johnson has illustrated the lack of depth Liverpool have in that position. Andre Wisdom is a very talented player but whether he has the maturity to play in the side for an entire Premier League season is questionable.

Rodgers was forced to play four centre backs across his back four over the weekend and it didn’t work. The addition of another player would ease Rodgers’ concerns defensively.

Right Midfield

It’s a shame to see Jordan Henderson starting at right midfield when he’s much more effective and influential from a central position.

If Liverpool can add a right winger to their squad this winter, it allows Henderson to focus on a central role and Victor Moses to stick to his usually familiar left midfield job.

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When Glen Johnson returns to the starting line-up, the addition of a right sided winger not only increases Liverpool’s squad options but the number of ways they can attack the opposition from wide areas.

It’s also a signing that would keep the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe alert and on their toes.

Attacking Midfield

Liverpool rely heavily on Philippe Coutinho as the creative and attacking play maker in their midfield.

Rodgers has tried Iago Aspas in that position and last night he tried playing Moses from that position, which didn’t really work despite the loanee nearly scoring a brilliant diving header.

It’s unfair to criticise Aspas for being ineffective in that role because he’s a striker, not suited to playing in the midfield.

Where do you think Liverpool need to add?

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