BRENDAN RODGERS is hoping to add “one or two” new signings to his Liverpool squad before next Thursday night’s transfer deadline.
However, the Reds boss says no-one else will be leaving Anfield after reserve team striker Michael Ngoo completed a loan move to Hearts.
Liverpool are confident that negotiations will reach a successful conclusion with Inter Milan over the weekend so they can complete a deal for midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Talks have continued since the Reds’ improved offer of 9m euros (£7.6m) was turned down on Thursday.
Southampton are willing to pay 12m euros (£10m) for Coutinho but the Brazil international has made it clear he wants to move to Anfield.
The player is hoping a compromise can be reached with Liverpool, who are prepared to walk away if talks drag on into next week.
Blackpool winger Tom Ince remains on Liverpool’s radar, but only if the Seasiders lower their £8m asking price.
The Reds value the England Under-21 international at £6m.
“We hope to do some more business between now and the end of the month,” Rodgers said. “If we can bring in one or two more to help the group, that will give us a chance to challenge.
“The owners have been brilliant in supporting me. We all agreed this was a month we would try to reinforce if we could. Very quickly we got Daniel Sturridge in and he has made a big impact, proving the owners were right to fund the money for him. £12m for a player like Daniel Sturridge is a real bargain and I think he will prove that over the next couple of seasons.
“We know we still need one or two additions more and the club are doing everything they can to assist me in that. If we can then great, if not we will have review it again in the summer.”
Defenders Sebastian Coates and Jack Robinson have been linked with loan moves away from Liverpool this month.
However, Rodgers says they are both now likely to stay put as his small squad means they are needed as cover between now and May.
“From a personal perspective, they both need to get out on loan, but I need to protect the club,” Rodgers added.
“Seb has been a great professional and has never complained. He has come into Cup games and done well.
“Ideally, he would go out and get games, but I can’t kill the group. I have to make sure we have a squad able to cope.
“It’s the same with young Jack. There have been a couple of moments where it looked like he would get out on loan but we had to hold him back as we needed him.”
Rodgers says increasing his side’s forward options was always the priority this month as his other rebuilding plans can wait for future windows.
“January is about that attacking threat for me,” he said.
“That’s what we all looked at – we needed that extra thrust. If we can get one or two more to help with that then great. Other areas we can wait on until the summer and assess again.”