Roy Hodgson har åter igen pratat om eventuella transfers i januari.
”We have a lot of ideas,” sa Hodgson till Liverpools officiella hemsida. ”We’re not looking to move anybody out and it would be nice if we could improve our squad with one or two players.”
Hodgson riktar in sig på unga talanger och elitspelare som kan utgöra en omedelbar skillnad.
”As I’ve said to the supporters many times, it’s important that we don’t just get bodies and numbers. We need people who are going to be very good for the long-term future of the club, or players who are definitely going to make a big difference to us in terms of what we’re going to do in the beginning of 2011.
”I’m anxious that we spend our money wisely and that we keep the squad manageable. I don’t want to go back to a situation where we have an awful lot of players but many of them are training in a reserve group at Kirkby because they’re not first-team material.
”We want first-team material, they cost money and they are not always available in January. I can assure the supporters that never a day goes by without me and Damien Comolli having lengthy discussions about it. But we’ll have to wait and see what transpires.”
Om Liverpool värvar någon kan det mycket väl bli i slutet av fönstret.
”I would suggest things will probably happen later in January because that is normally the case.
”A lot depends on the situation of other top clubs here and abroad, on their need to sell. Sometimes it’s easier in the summer because clubs think they can then use the money wisely to build their team – they can sell one star player and buy three or four new players. This is less likely in January.
”January is the window for agents and journalists. Every day my son scours the newspapers and tells me we’re linked with this player and that player, and a lot of them I can quite honestly say have never been mentioned in any discussions. And yet still in newspapers we’re going to sign them.
”My message to the fans is to be very sceptical about all the things you read.”
En spelare som tidningarna placerar i Liverpool är som bekant Saints talang Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. De spekulationerna lär intensifieras de närmaste dagarna. Enligt de engelska tv-kommentatorerna satt nämligen Damien Comolli på läktaren i dagens match mellan Southampton och Huddersfield. Oxlade-Chamberlain spelade 71 minuter och gjorde ett mål i Saints 4-1-seger.