Liverpool latest: Rodgers refuses to blame Toure; latest regarding Konoplyanka

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Liverpool missed the chance to go nine points clear of Manchester United when they could only draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns earlier today.

The Reds took the lead through Daniel Sturridge – who has been in outstanding form since his return to the side – but ultimately let the lead slip when a poor pass from Kolo Toure allowed Victor Anichebe to equalise.

The result means Liverpool are now two points ahead of fifth-placed Everton after 24 games.

Speaking after the match to Sky Sports, Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Toure for the result.

I’ve never criticised my players for trying to play football,” he is quoted as saying.

Kolo probably shouldn’t have received the ball under pressure and a pass can be misplaced.

Kolo Toure has been brilliant for me, a real leader and an outstanding professional and unfortunately it was that mistake, but there’s no blame on him.”

And after seeing their side fail to hold on to the lead against the Baggies, Liverpool fans also read reports today claiming that it was the actions of their club that prevented the deadline-day move of Yevhen Konoplyanka from going through.

As reported in the Express, Dnipro’s Executive Director Andriy Rusol has dismissed claimed the club’s owner Igor Kolomoisky held up the move.

Rusol is quoted as saying, “The president could not keep the midfielder because his contract spelled out the specific amount of compensation.

In fact, the British did not have time to complete the transaction. Our club could not sign the documents until our account received the money. And they did not receive anything before the deadline.”

If the latest claims are true, more questions may be asked of the club and their managing director Ian Ayre.

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