Liverpool abandoned their pursuit of Loic Remy over medical concerns, but the Northern Irishman insists he will not compromise his high standards in the search for a striker
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool won't be rushed into buying a new striker to replace Luis Suarez after Loic Remy's proposed move from QPR to Anfield fell through.
The details of a €10 million move had been finalised and Remy flew out to the United States to undergo a medical, but problems uncovered during the tests caused Liverpool to abandon the deal.
Rodgers is now left with Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as his only senior strikers, but the Northern Irishman is adamant he will not compromise his high standards in the search for Remy's replacement.
“There are certain areas where I want to bring in players, but they have to be the right type. There is money to spend but I won’t spend it for the sake of it,” he told reporters after his side's 1-0 win over Olympiacos in Chicago.
“If that means I have to wait until January then that’s what I will do.
"The players at the moment are in great condition, they are working very well and very hard.
“I have seen the development in some of the young players but if the right ones become available we would like to do something because I still have a lot to do on that front – but if they’re not available, I will wait.”
Rodgers also reiterated that Liverpool must aim to kick on from last season's surprise Premier League title charge despite the €88m departure of star man Suarez to Barcelona.
“I have to bear in mind that these players took us to where we are but we can’t settle on that,” he added.
“The message I have given to them is clear. We need to push on again and we can be one of the top sides in European football.
“We came second last year but our idea is to win and that’s why we need to have a squad to handle it and, with the extra competition this year, we will need it too.
“We have to keep moving. Success last year was getting into the Champions League and only just missing out on the league title but we have to look to keep progressing.
“I think we have done that and I am really excited with the ones we have brought in, with hopefully a few more to come. Then we will have a squad to compete on every front.”