Hodgson happy with summer business

Left-back Paul Konchesky is set to become the seventh new arrival

at Anfield when he completes his move from Fulham. Although Hodgson

has lost quality in midfielder Javier Mascherano – who has departed

for Barcelona – and sent Alberto Aquilani out on loan to Juventus,

he believes his squad is still strong enough. Porto’s Portugal

international Raul Meireles was brought in within a day of a fee

being agreed for Mascherano on Friday and he could eventually form

a new-look midfield with recent arrival Christian Poulsen. Hodgson,

who has been linked with West Ham’s Carlton Cole, would ideally

like to find a striker to provide back-up to Fernando Torres.

However, he will not spend what little money he has available to

him just for the sake of it. “The additions to the squad of

Meireles, hopefully Paul Konchesky and possibly another player

won’t do us any harm at all,” said the 62-year-old. “With Meireles

coming in and Poulsen I think we have solved the problems that

Mascherano and Aquilani leaving have given us because we’ve lost

some quality midfield players in Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera,

Aquilani and Mascherano. “Meireles and Poulsen are two quality

players who will boost our squad and who are much-needed otherwise

we would have been short in that area. “If we could get us a

striker who could really take the pressure off Fernando Torres from

time to time that would be very useful. “I think it could be the

icing on the cake but I’m anxious not to bring in people who I

don’t think are good enough. “Just spending money to bring someone

in to say we have another player could be a mistake.” Hodgson has

other options up front in David Ngog, who is still a bit raw, and

Ryan Babel, who has not played centrally for Liverpool, but would

like to have another proven goalscorer on the books. “Babel has

never been given a real chance up front to show what he can do and

Ngog is a player who is making progress,” added the former Fulham

boss, who has dismissed reports linking him with PSV Eindhoven’s

Sweden striker Ola Toivonen. “I would have to be sure anyone we

bring in is clearly better than those two players so they could

take a step back. “You are not going to bring people to Liverpool

who are not playing at the right level.”