Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that there will be transfer business in the coming days but players would be going out now, rather than coming in.
Rodgers told a press conference ahead of the side’s visit to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, “There’ll probably be more movement out than coming in, I would say. We’ve still got offers for players to go. Every player here knows their situation, so if they’re here after that deadline on Monday then they’ve decided to stay but their game time will be very limited. At this moment in time, there are not many more to come in, if any.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be offering Jon Flanagan a new contract soon. Brendan Rodgers is pleased that the youngster who performed beyond expectations last season, is getting a new deal. He said, “He’s been unfortunate with injuries. He’s had a number of injuries during the time I’ve been in here, and before I came in. Just looking at his injury record, it hasn’t been great. But he’s a young kid who I really, really want to be an important member of our squad. He deserves a new deal. He did exceptionally well last season and he’s recovering well from his injury. We’re hoping he’ll be back soon – and with a new deal as well.”
A lot of attention is on Mario Balotelli and the Italian could make his Liverpool debut against Spurs. However, Rodgers insisted that the focus should not be on him as he is not the only star of the team.
“This is not the Mario Balotelli show,” he said.
“He’s a good player, and a talented player, but he has a lot of work to do here. We’ve got a number of top-class players. The star of this team will always be the team. There’s no more pressure on him than on the rest of the team. He’s a member of this team. He’s top quality, there’s no doubt about that, a class act with wonderful football qualities. He can play with Daniel Sturridge, he can play up there on his own and he can play off the side. His concentration is very much on the football.”
Rodgers believes Liverpool will face another tough test against Spurs this Sunday, but is confident that his side will be able to bounce back from their defeat at Manchester City on Monday.
“It will be a hard game. Even though we won the games last season, they were two tough games, and we had to work very hard, “said Rodgers
“If you look at our statistics since I’ve been here, (bouncing back) is something that we’ve been very good at. It was a strange feeling on Monday, because we’re not used to losing. Without being arrogant, we’re a group that’s got progressively better, and even when we’ve not won games, we’ve worked very hard to get something. I analysed the game afterwards, and we played well. They had that bit more cutting edge in the final third, but we played well. There are positives to take going forward, and we will look to retain that positivity.”