Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his summer transfer dealings which seem to have come under scrutiny after the defeat against Hull City – though weren’t really talked about in great detail after a Reds win for some strange reason.
The Reds spent just under £50m on players during the summer with some players yet to make a real impact on the side.
The Liverpool Echo also reports that Tiago Ilori is set to go on loan in January as he has yet to make a first team appearance for the club following his £6m switch from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.
The Liverpool boss is quoted as saying: ‘We are always trying to build for the future with a sense of the present which is to strengthen where we can. You can only do that if you can bring in players who will enhance the team or you just stockpile players.
‘There were areas that needed improving. There is no doubt that we wanted to bring in other players who could have really helped us but, for whatever reason, they didn’t come in.’
If England manager Roy Hodgson was planning on improving relations between himself and Liverpool Football Club then he maybe shouldn’t have mentioned that he pushed striker Daniel Sturridge to play 90 minutes in a friendly against Germany when he was injured.
Sturridge was forced to sit out a large chunk of the Merseyside and has subsequently picked up an ankle injury which has ruled him out for up to eight weeks.
Hodgson said: ‘Dan has pulled out of a few matches with us for injury reasons. It was important for me to, if you like, test his resolve a little bit. I might have been guilty of putting that resolve to the test, but I don’t apologise for it.’
Liverpool’s Under 21 side beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the Under-21 Premier League at Langtree Park in St Helens last night.
Goals from Samed Yesil and Michael Ngoo were enough to give the young Reds victory.
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