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The Northern Irishman insists he will give players already at Anfield the chance to impress as injuries and inconsistency threaten to derail Liverpool's top-four charge

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists his current squad will be given time to prove themselves rather than investing heavily in January.

A run of one win from four Premier League games has placed Rodgers' men under close scrutiny, especially in the wake of Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Hull City.

Rodgers bolstered his squad in the summer by signing the likes of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and striker Daniel Sturridge from Sunderland and Chelsea respectively, but has played down the likelihood of spending big when the winter transfer window opens next month.

"The thing for me is trying to maximise the players we have got," said Rodgers in the build-up to Wednesday's Anfield clash with Norwich City.

"There's no hiding from the fact we spent money to get players in; now they will get the chance to perform.

"We tried to get a host of players in who could improve us but that didn't materialise. A lot of work went into it.

"What is the case is we are not in a position to spend money for the sake of it."

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