Rodgers ready to add to team

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims the club have not received any approach for defender Martin Skrtel.

Last Updated: 22/08/13 at 17:01 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: No Napoli offer for Skrtel

Brendan Rodgers: No Napoli offer for Skrtel

It had been reported that Napoli, now managed by Skrtel's former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, had a recent £10million offer for the Slovakia international turned down.

Rodgers says that was news to him and he would have been informed had a bid been made.

When asked if there had been an approach, Rodgers said: "No, not at all.

"I haven't been told anything about that whatsoever. It was mentioned this morning but it is the first I have heard of it.

"Ian Ayre, our managing director, does a terrific job and he always informs me straight away of anything. I haven't heard anything."

Skrtel, 28, appeared to fall out of favour last season and faces increased competition for his place this term following the summer signing of Kolo Toure, who formed the central pairing with vice-captain Daniel Agger in the opening 1-0 defeat of Stoke.

But with fringe player Sebastian Coates suffering a serious knee injury playing for Uruguay , Rodgers says he may even need to strengthen at centre-half meaning a move for Skrtel would be extremely unlikely.

Rodgers was philosophical over the perceived snub of Tottenham-bound Willian to a switch to Anfield.

He added: "We think over the course of the summer we've been very ambitious. The attempt was to get in players to improve the team, some might say too ambitious but this is Liverpool Football Club, we're trying to get the best players we possibly can.

"As I said, it's one where if I can't get them it, we've just got to move on. We've got 11 days to go, we have to do anything we possibly can because it hasn't changed. If you're going to claim the league, you've got to have quality and you have to get the best players into your club to help you climb.

"That's our aim. So of course if you don't get the player you want, there's always that disappointment, you can't dwell on it.

"There's still a chunk of the window left and we did some business earlier on in the window, which was very good, and now if we can finish off in these remaining days and get some players in, it would help us and end a very good window for us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Real Madrid are confident of landing David de Gea

Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Utd target Lloris denies release clause

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris has confirmed that there is no release clause in his contract amid rumours linking the goalkeeper with a move to Manchester United and PSG.

Kevin De Bruyne not for sale, insist Wolfsburg

DFB-Pokal winners Wolfsburg have insisted that Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne is going nowhere this summer.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company