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Liverpool will do 'some good business' in January transfer window

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Roy Hodgson will use the January transfer window to keep putting his stamp on Liverpool’s first team after admitting he is suffering from inheriting Rafa Benitez’ squad.

The Reds have struggled so far this season and currently sit in ninth place, having finished outside the top four last season and failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Benitez was duly sacked by former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and the manager that took Fulham into their first ever European final was appointed.

Since then, Hodgson has brought Joe Cole, Paul Konchesky, Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles, who have struggled to make any impact at Anfield.

Konchesky, who was also part of Hodgson’s Fulham side, and Poulsen have been criticised by many sections of Liverpool’s support while Cole has failed to make an impression ever since being sent off on his debut for the Merseysiders.

With many media outlets speculating he could be one of the next players to face the sack, the Liverpool boss has made it clear the team has is working with is that of the current Inter Milan manager.

“It is starting to feel more like my side but it is still a team that I have not put together. I want to make that clear. I took the team over and I have not made that many changes,” he said.

“I brought in Konchesky to play left back, Raul Meireles to replace [Javier] Mascherano and Joe Cole came in at the same time as me as well as Christian Poulsen. The other players I have inherited.”

With plenty of rumours surrounding who Hodgson will want to bring into Anfield to complete his Liverpool revolution, he has fanned the flames once again by admitting he will continue to build in the next couple of transfer windows.

Sky Sports recently revealed he and Damian Comolli have handed a four-man shortlist for next month to new owner John W Henry, with Charles N’Zogbia believed to be one name.

Hodgson added: “I think I would be a good comparison with Tottenham because Harry [Redknapp] came in there just as I came into Fulham so he will just be completing three years and he has brought in a lot of players.

“So to really call it my team, I would have had to make a slightly bigger impact on those who have been brought in.

“I am more than happy to take responsibility for this squad but it takes a coach more than five or six months to make his stamp on a club.

“I am hoping we will do some good business in transfer windows to come and then I will be able say, ‘If you don’t like it then I have no one to blame but myself’.”

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