Hodgson seeking further Reds additions

The Merseysiders have been busy in the transfer market this summer
with the likes of Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Brad Jones, Danny
Wilson, Milan Jovanovic and Jonjo Shelvey all joining. However, the
ex-Fulham boss knows that with just one week left before the
transfer window closes, the time left to strengthen is not the best
period in which to splash the cash. Hodgson does not believe he has
fully assessed the talent and potential in the club’s squad and
academy and is against making a big-name signing if they already
have a gem ready to be unearthed. “I’d like some money to spend if
I could research where that money could be spent wisely,” said
Hodgson. “Giving me a lot now and telling me to go out and buy some
players with one week of the transfer window left would not be
particularly advantageous. “I’ve only been here for five weeks or
so and I’d want to make sure I had assessed absolutely everyone,
including those at the academy, just in case we have an outstanding
17-year-old. “We might have a Javier Hernandez there so I don’t
want to go out and spend £50million on buying another one.”
Meanwhile, Hodgson sees no reason why Monday night’s opponents
Manchester City cannot win the Premier League title this season.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are expected to
be the front-runners for the prestigious crown, although City have
once again spent big this summer. Just last week Roberto Mancini
added to his ranks even further with the additions of Mario
Balotelli and James Milner – and Hodgson thinks City’s star-studded
squad can finish top come May. “I see no reason why they should not
win the league,” he continued. “Chelsea did it and they were
nothing like title contenders when Roman Abramovich took over the
club. “Blackburn, too, did it with Jack Walker, who came to a club
who were never winning anything. They bought Alan Shearer, Chris
Sutton, Tim Sherwood and…suddenly they were champions. “I’m sure
Manchester City will be devastated not to finish in the top three
and qualify for the Champions League because so much money has been
spent. “The pressure for the manager is to make the players gel.
That is always the same at a new club. We have the same situation
at Liverpool, except we haven’t much money.”