Bad day for Liverpool! - Reds suffer further injury blow and miss out on Salah

Glen Johnson

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool FA Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to be drawn on the names of any transfer targets as it appears he has missed out on Basel’s Mohamed Salah - the Swiss side has agreed a deal with Chelsea.

Liverpool were not willing to meet the asking price of £16m, but Chelsea have matched the Swiss club's demand to buy the player who scored home and away against them in this season’s Champions League.

When Rodgers was asked at his press conference ahead of the FA Cup tie against Bournemouth at the weekend, the Liverpool boss said: ‘There have obviously been targets that we’ve looked at but there’s nothing imminent.’

‘We’ve looked at a number of players. I’ll not give away any names, I’d never do that. He’s certainly a talented player but for us we’ll just see what the window brings for us. We’re in the market for a number of them to help the squad and if we can bring them in then great.’

One part of the squad Rodgers did seem to rule out adding to was his defence saying that he has to work getting his current defenders back fit

‘We just have to manage with what we’ve got. If we can bring any [players] in then great, if not we have what we have.

The Liverpool boss revealed he has only trained with 15 players this week and that Glen Johnson has been ruled out indefinitely – having suffered from ‘a number of injuries.’

‘He had a real bad ankle for a period of time, and just one or two other issues that haven’t allowed him to be 100%.

‘For part of this season he’s been restricted and that’s been difficult. But he’s put himself out for the team to train, to play and I just think now it’s at that point that we need to just get him right, really.’

Rodgers confirmed that young full-back Jon Flanagan returned to training ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth and that Brad Jones – like in the third round tie against Oldham Athletic – will start in goal if fit.

The Reds of course will be without Lucas Leiva who has been ruled out for up to two months with a medial ligament injury, though he indicated on his Twitter page that it might not be as serious as initially thought.

Rodgers said on Lucas: ‘Personally, I’m disappointed for Lucas because he’s been very, very important for our squad this season and it was just something that was innocuous really.

‘Hopefully he will get back sooner rather than later, he obviously had been in good form this season and worked his way back into the Brazil squad.’

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