Liverpool news: Rodgers, Salah 'hard to take', Gerrard keen to avoid derby pain

Some of the key stories surrounding Liverpool Football Club on this Tuesday morning

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said it was hard to take when Mohamed Salah slipped through their grasp as the Egyptian international chose to head to Stamford Bridge instead of Anfield.

The Liverpool boss has admitted that the deadline could pass without a new face entering Anfield, and reported interest in Blackpool’s Tom Ince is non-existent according to the Liverpool Echo.

Rodgers is quoted saying: ‘We will see where we’re at once the window shuts. We have wanted to bring in a few players of quality to help us and let’s hope we can do that between now and the end of the window.

‘If we’re unable to do that it would be disappointing but if we don’t get them in then as coach I’ll work with what I’ve got. My sole intention then will be to get everything I can out of the players I have left.’

Steven Gerrard has been giving interviews to the press ahead of the Merseyside derby where he recalls the pain of losing the Merseyside derby at Anfield in 1999 – when Gerrard was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Everton’s goalscorer Kevin Campbell – which included Campbell ‘dropping his kecks’ to show the stud marks Gerrard left on his thigh in a city centre bar afterwards.

Gerrard said: ‘Losing at Anfield is the opposite to winning at Goodison. It’s a complete nightmare. It’s difficult to put into words that feeling. If you lose a big game at Anfield it hurts for a few but you have to move on. But losing to Everton at Anfield? That hurts for a long time.’

The Liverpool captain has also made a donation of £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, and paid tribute to Everton’s support for the Hillsborough families.

Gerrard said: ‘I think their show of support has been there since the tragedy happened.

‘But alongside the gesture I am making, I and every other Liverpool fan can only thank the Evertonians for their support.’

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