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Rodgers wants Liverpool investment
Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool's owners to dig deep in the January transfer window to avoid a season of mediocrity at Anfield.
Liverpool showed great spirit to battle back and earn a draw at Chelsea, but the point leaves them 15 adrift of leaders Manchester United.
Rodgers feels any improvement on last season's eighth-place finish will be an achievement and has demanded funds to spend in January.
He said: "The reality is that we are a long way off in the league and I'm not even going to use the word 'challenging'.
"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see that. We finished eighth last season and it will be fantastic if we can improve on that. That's the reality of where Liverpool are, I'm afraid, and it can't be easy for our supporters to accept that.
"They are being very lenient with myself and the team and I'm sure they will sometimes be frustrated but I knew it would be a difficult year, given the expectations around this club.
"We all know of Liverpool's great history but we can't keep looking backwards in the rear-view mirror. We have to look forward."
Luis Suarez netted his seventh Premier League goal of the season at Chelsea, no other Reds player has more than one, and Rodgers feels fresh blood is needed to take the club forward.
He said: "This was our sixth draw of the season and we need one or two more players in the January transfer window to turn those draws into victories. But those players don't come cheap and there won't be too many available in January.
"The owners have given me great support since I've been here but, if you're not going to have a massive investment to make it happen quickly, we have to develop it.
"The players we have are giving us everything but we need materials. So, hopefully, we can add to this group in the window and next season we'll be better for it."