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Rodgers confident in Liverpool despite lack of signings

The Reds boss is placing faith in his current crop having failed to sew up a deal for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhan Konoplyanka on deadline day

Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool squad have the necessary ingredients to secure a place in the top four and ensure a return to Champions League football for the first time since the 2009/2010 season.

Rodgers is acutely aware of his side's need to participate in Europe's elite competition to truly be able to kick on at the end of the current campaign but sought to pay no heed to the disappointment of failing to add to his squad in January.

Instead, the Reds manager is focused on the players he currently has at his disposal and believes they hold the requisite quality to seal a top four berth as his charges prepare to face leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

“Every manager will always want more but we can't affect that any more,” Rodgers told The Liverpool Echo.

“We tried to do business over January and unfortunately it didn't happen.

“I know where we need to strengthen, absolutely, but as the coach and the manager my focus can only now be on not what happened yesterday but what we need for tomorrow.

“We have now got the 14 remaining league games and we have the players here who have taken us this far.

“Now the focus is on getting as much as we can out of the players we have here. This group have done absolutely brilliant for me until now.

“We're up there at the moment and I can only be optimistic about what we can achieve with the players we have.”

Champions League football would provide a massive financial boost for the club but also aid them in their attempts to purchase marquee players that they have allowed to slip from their grasp in recent times.

The summer saw moves for Henrikh Mkharityan, Diego Costa, Willian, who ultimately left Anzhi Makhachkala for Chelsea, fail to bear fruit while January was a similarly frustrating tale as Mohamed Salah joined the Blues from Basel despite Liverpool's overtures and managing director Ian Ayre could not snare Konoplyanka from his Ukrainian club.

But Rodgers is anticipating a busy summer window if his side can seal a return to Europe's top table.

“Yes, we need that,” he said.

“That's the aim of the club – to get back to that elite level. I came in here with the ambition of trying to take the club into that level.

“That's something we are working tirelessly towards trying to achieve and we will continue to do that.

“Make no bones about it, we know what we need to get in this summer to help us going forward.”

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