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.”