A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson is out of action indefinitely as he battles against a number of fitness problems. Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the defender hasn’t been playing at 100% at any point yet this season.
“He's had a real bad ankle for a period of time and one or two other issues that just haven't allowed him to be 100%,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
Johnson is out of the FA Cup clash against Bournemouth but young left-back Jon Flanagan is in line for a return to the team. Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique and Mamadou Sakho will all miss the game against the football league outfit.
Rodgers has heaped praise onto football league club Bournemouth ahead of the clash between the two sides. Rodgers has described Bournemouth as a great club with a great manager.
“They're a great side and Eddie (Howe) is a terrific manager, who's found a good home at Bournemouth. He's set the club up really well, they're ambitious going forward, they use a 4-3-3 and have good players all through the field,” he told Liverpool’s website.
Rodgers says his Liverpool stars will need to be more motivated before the Bournemouth game than they normally would be against their Premier League rivals. The boss has called for up to five times the normal levels of determination and motivation.
Liverpool boss Rodgers has also said he’s not sure whether Chelsea’s deal for FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah is done and dusted. Chelsea and Basel have agreed a deal but Rodgers says that’s not the end of the matter.
“I’m not sure whether that deal is definitely done yet or not - It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can’t be done, the deal can’t be done,” Rodgers told the press.
Rodgers has confirmed that the club have been working hard on transfer deals and will continue to work on signing targets until the window closes next week. He says the club need to sign players who can help now while describing January as a difficult market.
In other transfer news, Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Spartak Moscow star Romulo. The Brazilian has been identified as a possible stop gap for the injured Lucas, but Premier League rivals Arsenal and Spanish giants Barcelona are also thought to be interested.
Liverpool have reportedly called off any attempts to sign Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. Stories earlier this week suggested talks over a new deal for the Barcelona defender had collapsed, but the latest updates report that an agreement between the two parties is close.
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