The Reds’ woeful season got worse over the weekend as they fell to a shock 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, with the insipid Merseyside club’s defensive failings and lack of firepower laid bare in front of their long-suffering fans at Anfield. Rodgers’ men are now 12th in the table having just managed to pick up a measly 22 points from 17 games, and their dreams of finishing in the top four this season already look to be in tatters. Given Liverpool’s recent troubles, Rodgers has been urged by fans to strengthen the squad in January, and the club has been recently linked with a whole host of different players, including the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, David Villa and Theo Walcott. However, Rodgers insists that he will not be breaking the bank to buy ‘top players’ when the transfer window opens next month, although he did admit that he would be bringing in one or two new signings. “There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in and there is no doubt that we will get the backing, but it will come down to two things – the availability and affordability of players,” Rodgers was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “I see lots of names bandied about that are pie in the sky because there won’t be too many top players moving in January as clubs want top money. “All our problems were never going to be solved in this window because the January window is the least productive and the least movement goes on there.