Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor believes Jurgen Klopp is sending out a message to the current crop of players at Anfield by publicly expressing his desire to do transfer business in January. The German manager admitted he was not a fan of the mid-season window, but suggested the Reds were ready to react if there were any injuries or departures.

"He is pulling the players and the supporters - the whole club - together. And in signalling to the lads that he is not looking to bring in new faces in the January transfer window, he is sending out a message that he believes in them all," Mellor told the Liverpool Echo.

The Merseyside club have made it to the knockout stages of the Europa League. In addition to this, they have reached the semi-final of the Capital One Cup - where they face Stoke City - and have a very good chance of winning the competitions this term.

The Anfield outfit are in the race to make it to the top four in order to qualify for next season's Champions League. Mellor believes Liverpool are moving in the right direction under Klopp's guidance and their fans can expect a better year under him in 2016.

"A top-four place is starting to look pretty difficult now, though it can still be done. But we've a cup semi-final soon and if we can win it, get to Wembley and do well too in the knockout stages of the Europa League, the curve for 2016 will be firmly upwards," the former Reds striker explained.

"Looking back on 2015, you'd have to say it has been a frustrating year for Liverpool fans. In particular our form at Anfield has been poor - both under Brendan Rodgers and during these early days too under Klopp - and it needs to change on a consistent basis now.

"But in Jurgen, we have to all believe and look forward to a much better and happier 2016. Because when you look just now at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, well we have got the manager they would all want to have.

"That's why, despite some recent displays, the fans rightly remain optimistic about the future under Jurgen."

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