Transfer news: Liverpool not interested in 'squad players', reveals Brendan Rodgers
The Reds only want to sign players who can make an immediate impact
Friday 24 January 2014
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists any January signing has to be able to make an immediate contribution and he is not interested in “squad players”.
Illness and injury meant the Reds boss had a training group numbering just 15 this week but that will not force his hand in the transfer market.
Rodgers holds out a forlorn hope primary target Mohamed Salah's move to Chelsea may still collapse but that seems unlikely with the Stamford Bridge club announcing on Thursday a deal had been agreed subject to personal terms and a medical.
Considering the Londoners substantially outbid Liverpool for the Egypt international and can offer a significantly better financial package it appears only a matter of time until the transfer is confirmed.
That would leave Rodgers looking for other options but with a week left of the transfer window it is more than probable there will be no new arrivals.
"I know the club has been working very hard to get players in. I'll leave that to them and see how they get on," he told talkSPORT.
"January is a very difficult market. It is hard to bring in players that can improve the team, especially in this window.
"This is a brilliant club and we try to get players in for the now, we need players who can come in now and help us.
"I'd rather wait and look at our young players than bring in one or two squad players."
On Salah Rodgers added: "I'm not sure whether that deal (to Chelsea) is definitely done yet or not.
"The young guy is a good player. We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him.
"It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done.
"He's a boy that is a talent. He is 21 years of age and people saw his qualities in the games against Chelsea and Tottenham in Europe, but you need to have that list (of targets) because if it doesn't work out then you are hoping there are one or two others."
Latest in Sport
Jay Hart sex tape: Clitheroe footballer sacked after being filmed having sex with unknown blonde woman in manager's dug-out
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Jack Grealish: Surely the FA will belatedly try to snap up Aston Villa star after his Wembley heroics
Cesc Fabregas in Premier League title dig at Arsenal after pointing out '27 year wait'
Sergio Aguero vs Harry Kane vs Diego Costa: Who will win the battle to be Premier League top scorer?
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
- 5 Google search history can now be downloaded in its entirety, mass embarrassment expected
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate