BRENDAN RODGERS praised Liverpool’s “survival instincts” after they recorded a battling draw at Chelsea – and then reiterated his desire to add to his squad in the January transfer window.
Luis Suarez’s 72nd-minute header ensured the Reds left Stamford Bridge with a share of the spoils, after John Terry had opened the scoring for Chelsea in the first half.
The Uruguayan has now netted eight times in his last 10 Premier League games, and has 11 goals in all competitions this season. No other Liverpool player has managed more than one league strike so far.
Suarez’s form makes him arguably the league’s most important player currently, but Rodgers is keen to ensure his star man gets more support going forwards, and says he will be looking to add to his attacking options in the New Year.
“We need one or two more players, it’s as simple as that,” Rodgers said. “That was our sixth draw, and in a lot of those games we’ve come back from being behind.
“We’ve got great character and resilience and survival instincts in the group, and we’re dominating games with the ball – but you need materials.
“Luis just needs that support of instinctive goalscorers. If we can hopefully get one or two in January who can help us at the top end of the field we’ll turn draws into wins.”
The draw leaves Liverpool stuck in 13th place, a full 15 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United, and 12 behind Chelsea. Rodgers admits that progress since his summer arrival has been slow, but says he will continue to look forward, and thanked the Liverpool fans for their ongoing support.
He said: “Last year the club finished eighth. If we can improve on that, that would be fantastic in terms of where we’re at. That’s the reality of where Liverpool are at, I’m afraid. The supporters are very educated. It can’t be easy for them. We all know the great history of the club, but we can’t keep looking in the rear view mirror and looking back. We have to go forward.
“If you’re not going to have a massive investment that will make it happen very quickly, you’ve got to develop it, and that’s where we’re at.
“The supporters, I’m sure, see that. They are being very lenient with myself and the team so far, and I’m sure they’ll be frustrated at times, but you can see from today and every other game we’ve had, the support has been absolutely incredible. Like always, I thank them for that.”
Rodgers also revealed that Steven Gerrard was expected to meet up with England ahead of their friendly with Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday. Gerrard suffered a knee injury during the match and will be assessed by England’s medical team today.
Jonjo Shelvey, though, has been withdrawn from the squad after missed the Chelsea game with a thigh problem.