Injuries may be starting to bite after Glen Johnson was ruled out for an “indefinite” period of time but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists defensive reinforcements are not his priority.
Having lost out to Chelsea in the race to sign Basle winger Mohamed Salah - Liverpool were interested in the Egypt international but never made an official bid and were unwilling to pay what they considered an inflated asking price - there was more bad news with Johnson joining the injured ranks at the club's Melwood training ground.
With Daniel Agger (calf), Jose Enrique (knee) and Mohamed Sakho and Jon Flanagan (both hamstring) out in recent weeks Rodgers' options at the back are limited while defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva (knee) will be sidelined for up to two months.
Flanagan should be fit for Tuesday's Merseyside derby while Enrique is expected to be back in training next month and the manager is not looking for any last-minute additions to his defence.
Press Association Sport understands there are unlikely to be any arrivals in the remainder of the window despite Rodgers having just 15 players training this week because of illness.
"There have obviously been targets we've looked at but there's nothing imminent," said Rodgers on the prospect of new signings.
"We've looked at a number of players. I'll not give away any names, I'll never do that.
"We'll just see what the window brings for us. We're in the market for players to help the squad and if we can bring them in then great.
"We've got a lot of defenders and I'm not sure we need many more in - my first look will always be towards the young players.
"The likes of Jon Flanagan are coming back and hopefully one or two of the others might not be too far away.
"I wouldn't say we need any more defenders in."
A lack of fresh blood may damage Liverpool's bid for a Champions League place and Johnson's injury could not have come at a worse time.
"Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team but unfortunately he's struggled a lot with a number of injuries," added the Reds boss.
"I just think it's now at that point where we need to get him right.
"The timeline he'll be out will be indefinite really. We'll just need to assess that and see how quickly he comes through that.
"He's had a real bad ankle for a period of time and just one or two other issues that haven't allowed him to be 100 per cent.
"I think everyone has seen over many years the speed, fluency and how good he's been, but for part of this season he's been restricted and that's obviously been difficult for him.
"We have one or two coming back but we've still got one or two that are out."
Rodgers is hopeful Lucas can recover ahead of schedule after sustaining medical ligament damage after coming on as a half-time substitute in last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa.
But with an injury worry over fellow midfielder Joe Allen he looks like having to rely heavily on Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson with support from the likes of summer signing Luis Alberto, who has yet to get his Anfield career up and running.
"Personally I am disappointed for Lucas because he's been very important for our squad this season," he added.
"It was something that was innocuous really and has put him out for a few months.
"Hopefully he'll get back sooner rather than later.
"He'd been in good form this season and had worked his way back into the Brazil squad. Knowing what he is like, he'll be back sooner rather than later - and he'll do everything in his power to get back.
"In the meantime, that leaves us short of a really good player."
Who could Liverpool bring in this month?
Liverpool - January transfer targets
Liverpool - January transfer targets
1/13 Yevhen Konoplyanka - Ukrainian international winger who impressed against England in recent World Cup qualifiers. Happy playing on either flank.
2/13 Javier Pastore - Very impressive and highly rated as a youngster, the Argentine international's career has stalled slightly since his £40m move to PSG. With the French club pursuing Juan Mata, a move to Liverpool could help Pastore get his career back on track and secure his World Cup place. For Liverpool it looks like they could secure some top quality reinforcement fairly reasonably.
3/13 Will Hughes - Derby's teenage midfielder has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield. However despite Brendan Rodgers' penchant for nurturing young talent, the Liverpool manager has so far denied he will be making a move.
Liverpool are interested in Derby midfielder Will Hughes
4/13 Michu - Last season's sensation has suffered slightly from second season syndrome but nevertheless he remains an excellent player. The Spaniard recently expressed an interest in playing at a higher level, could his signing help Liverpool secure a precious Champions League spot?
5/13 Hakan Calhanoglu - Hamburg's young star has also attracted the attention of Arsenal but with the London side packed with a surfeit of high-profile attacking midfielders, Liverpool might prove an easier place for the Turk to establish himself.
6/13 Danny Ings - With Rodgers looking to reinforce his SAS strike partnership, England U21 international Ings could be in line for a January move. The Burnley hitman has 12 league goals so far this season.
7/13 Jorginho - With Liverpool wanting to ease the strain on ageing skipper Steven Gerrard, Verona's Brazilian Jorginho could be the man to make the move to Anfield with a rumoured £15m transfer.
8/13 Claudio Marchisio - With Juventus' early Champions League exit meaning the midfielder could be on his way out in order to recoup some money, Liverpool could swoop to pick up a classy long term alternative for Gerrard.
9/13 Konstaninos Mitroglou - The Olympiakos striker's exploits this season have alerted not only Arsenal but also Liverpool to a possible January move. Would help take the strain off Suarez.
10/13 Ivan Rakitic - The Sevilla man may have a rather off-putting €40m release clause but that allegedly hasn't put off Liverpool who are still keen on the Croatian.
11/13 Salomon Rondon - Reportedly a Liverpool target when Suarez's exit from the club seemed inevitable, Rondon could be on his way out at Rubin Kazan and Liverpool may well renew their interest in the forward.
12/13 Ola Toivonen - The Swede is available on a free in the summer but Rodgers is said to be hopeful of taking him on loan before then. His versatility could prove handy at Anfield.
13/13 Kevin Volland - Liverpool are said to be one of five Premier League clubs after the young winger whose performances in the Bundesliga have impressed.