Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to maintain his side's impressive start to the Premier League campaign until Christmas, and will strengthen the Merseyside club's prospective title challenge with the addition of new signings in January, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Reds boss has plenty of reason for optimism in 2013/14 following a series of solid early season performances, as the club tasted defeat in the league for the first time last weekend after a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Anfield.

With 10 points from the opening five games, Liverpool are currently well-placed in fifth, and ahead of Sunday's trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, Rodgers has challenged his players to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

"The players have made an excellent start," said the Northern Irishman."We were disappointed at the weekend, we were a bit flat and subdued and just couldn't really get going.

"Part of that was because of the players we have available, but I know that the players I have give absolutely everything."

After three victories from the opening three games, Liverpool have now gone three games without a win in all competitions following a 2-2 draw away at Swansea, defeat against Southampton, and last night's Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United after a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford.

However, Rodgers remains upbeat, and is hopeful of putting together a good run of results with the help of the recently returned Luis Suarez, who made his first appearance following a 10-game ban on Wednesday evening.

"Now we can only concentrate on the league through to Christmas," he explained. "We have to make sure we stay up in the top six in the league and keep fighting.

"Hopefully we can reinforce again in January."

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