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Rodgers on Liverpool's defence, Shelvey doesn't regret leaving - Liverpool morning news

All the news ahead of Liverpool's trip to Swansea City this evening.

Liverpool travel to South Wales tonight to face Swansea City where they could return to the top of the table if they avoid defeat.

Ahead of tonight’s game, manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed this the deadline day signings of Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori has protected the club at centre-back for the next decade, it has been reported in several of the national newspapers.

Rodgers said: “I wanted to try and protect the present and the future of the club.

“Good centre-halves are so hard to find. You look at some teams and they have ageing centre-halves because it is a struggle to get a really good one.”

The Liverpool boss has a selection headache in that position as Kolo Toure should be fit to claim a starting place, but that could mean he would replace Martin Skrtel at the heart of the defence, who had an impressive display in Liverpool’s last outing against Manchester United.

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He has also urged his men to improve, and build on their 100% start to the season at the Liberty Stadium tonight.

He told the Liverpool Echo that despite playing some good football, there are areas where the team can improve such as being more clinical in front of goal, being sharper on the counter-attack and not dropping too deep defensively.

He said: “We see this as a race. It’s like a 110m hurdles race and we have many hurdles in front of us. We have jumped the first three hurdles but that counts for nothing now.”

Defender Kolo Toure has also warned that the 100% start the club has enjoyed will count for nothing at Swansea tonight in an interview with the club’s website.

Daniel Sturridge could become the first player to score in the first four games of the league season since John Aldridge in 1987, and would become only the fourth Liverpool player to do so, with Kenny Dalglish and Sam Raybould the others.

Finally, Jonjo Shelvey insists he has no regrets in swapping Anfield for the Liberty Stadium as he prepares to line up against his former club this evening.

The midfielder said: “Brendan Rodgers said that I could stay and fight for my place but it’s not in my character to sit and wait for an opportunity.

“I don’t regret leaving because I’d probably be on the bench [at Liverpool]. It was a massive decision, but I feel that I’ve made the right decision.”

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