Rodgers sets top-six target
Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Liverpool inside the top six before dipping back into the transfer market in January.
The Reds made the best possible start to their 2013/14 campaign, with three successive 1-0 wins taking them to the top of the Premier League standings.
It was always going to be difficult to maintain such high standards, and only one point has been collected from their last two outings after drawing with Swansea and losing at home to Southampton.
Liverpool are, however, just two points adrift of table-topping Arsenal and can concentrate all of their efforts on remaining in the mix after tumbling out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Wednesday.
Rodgers hopes a lack of cup distractions will play into the Reds' hands, allowing them to then kick-on in the New Year when further fresh faces can be drafted in.
"Now we can only concentrate on the league up until Christmas," he said.
"So we have to make sure we stay up in that top six in the league and keep fighting and hopefully we can reinforce in January.
"I think the players have made an excellent start. We were flat and subdued at the weekend (against Southampton) and we couldn't get going - part of that was because of the players we had available."
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to managerless Sunderland on Sunday, and former Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet believes the Reds can take plenty of positives into a meeting with a side that remains winless at the bottom of the top flight table.
He told Sky Sports: "We have got a very good side. I think we showed that in the games we have played so far.
"For example the games against Manchester United, not only in the cup but also in the league - against a top team we showed that we are capable of harm and making sure we win those games.
"We have got a big game now on Sunday, where we want three points. We want to end up with the result."