Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v R Madrid

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group B

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 2 - 3 Liverpool

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Rodgers defends Reds business

Brendan Rodgers defended Liverpool's way of doing transfer business after criticism from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk over their handling of transfer negotiations for winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Last Updated: 02/02/14 at 18:00 Post Comment

Yehven Konoplyanka: Liverpool failed to land winger on deadline day

Yehven Konoplyanka: Liverpool failed to land winger on deadline day

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

A deal for the Ukraine international fell through on deadline day and Dnipro alleged that was because the Reds did not transfer the necessary funds in time.

The player's medical had been passed and contractual terms agreed but the deal was blocked by the club's owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who refused to sign off the necessary paperwork

It is believed that action prompted a subsequent apology to Liverpool from Dnipro officials.

"The club did everything possible to get the player in," said Rodgers. "In every aspect - the finance, we had our chief scout and managing director and doctor out there to conclude the deal - and from our point categorically Ian Ayre (managing director) did a brilliant job trying to negotiate.

"I've heard the problem mentioned was about the money but that was not a problem. It just wasn't to be.

"I feel really sorry for the player because he was obviously desperate to come but it's gone now and we will review it in the summer."

Asked whether, considering the difficulties associated with the transfer, they would try again when the window reopened Rodgers added: "If we feel the player can improve us we are a professional club.

"There is obviously going to be a greater market to look at then but it wouldn't stop us.

"It is of no consequence now. I don't focus on that. There is no point in me looking back."

Rodgers was not angered by the failure to land Konoplyanka or previous target Mohamed Salah, who was offered a better deal by Chelsea at the last minute.

"Whatever frustrations I have I would never let you know," said the Reds boss.

"This is a club I want to keep together for the longer term and will never be broken by stuff written in the papers.

"If I have an issue or a problem I don't need to ring up journalists and give them snippets out there, if I have an issue I'll speak with the owner.

"I said it would've been nice to have got some reinforcements in but that wasn't to be the case and so yesterday has no consequence now.

"I've got to work with the players I have here. We have 14 games to go, we are still in a great position and the squad is very focused on our objectives so I can't afford to think about what we could or couldn't have done."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

I

disagree. We sit here in our ivory towers looking down our noses at people we perceive tio be thick, but if Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood can do it, frankly, anyone can.........

HarryBoulton
Roy: Rooney can become manager

Footer 365

Government reveal plans aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs

The Government has revealed plans to establish a group of experts aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs.

Louis van Gaal felt individual errors spoiled a good display from Manchester United in draw at West Brom

Louis van Gaal felt that Manchester United produced their 'best match of the season', despite the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Premier League: QPR forward Adel Taarabt criticises Harry Redknapp over claims he is unfit

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Mail Box

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

Let's Face It, Liverpool Were Utter Dross

It's a reactive Monday morning Mailbox. Liverpool fans are getting pretty sodding worried, whilst we have the latest on the Southampton CRISIS. Plus, well done Michael Oliver...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property