Liverpool have been boosted by the return of Joe Allen to the squad ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers has also said that Glen Johnson has been progressing well with the medical staff, but Jose Enrqiue’s recovery from a knee operation 10 weeks ago is behind schedule.
Inevitably the press conference focused more on the potential move for Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, with representatives from Liverpool in Ukraine trying to strike a deal for the Dnipro player.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns, the Liverpool boss said: ‘There’s obviously an interest in the player. We’ll see how it evolves, it’s obviously a little complicated. The staff that are over there have done brilliant work in terms of giving us every chance to get the player. We just need to see how that develops over the course of the day.
‘It’s not just for now, it’s for the future as well. We’re still in the middle of building here and growing the group so we’ll need a number of players. January is a very difficult market to do that. I’m very happy with the group that I have, I think every manager would love a player or a number of players just to freshen up the group, it always helps and gives that extra motivation sometimes for players.’
Liverpool go into Sunday’s game with West Brom on the back of a 4-0 hammering of Everton in the week, something which Rodgers described as a ‘significant result.’
‘The game the other night was a real pressure game for both teams going into it. Everyone talked about the significance of the game – being the most important for 30-odd years.
‘The penetration in the team was exceptional, the quality of our passing under that pressure was superb so I think people will recognise we’re a good side and we’re still improving'.
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