Liverpool latest: Rodgers backs new signing to recover, duo could leave Anfield

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Liverpool slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Monday night, with two goals from Stevan Jovetic and one from Sergio Aguero condemning the Reds to defeat. Brendan Rodgers side did get a consolation from Pablo Zabaleta's own goal and were actually on top in the first half, but a mistake from new signing Alberto Moreno allowed Jovetic to nip and open the scoring. It was a tough night for the Spaniard, but Rodgers has backed the £12m left back to recover.

“Young Alberto Moreno showed flashes of his quality. He’ll learn," said Rodgers. "He wasn’t the finished article when we brought him in, we knew there were certain areas we needed to work on, but that’s something our eyes are wide open to."

The big transfer news from Liverpool over the past week has been the pursuit of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, which came to an end yesterday after the Italian put pen to paper on a deal at Anfield. The controversial Italian, who will replace Luis Suarez on Merseyside, scored 30 goals in 54 games for Milan and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he's looking forward to playing with the former Manchester City man.

"I think everybody is looking forward to working with him. He is a very talented player and a very big player coming into the club. Hopefully he can give us a big lift and play some part in the next game. He was in the dressing room wishing everyone luck. It was good to see him. Hopefully he can get a good week's training under his belt and be ready for Sunday," said Henderson ahead of the game with Tottenham this weekend.

With Balotelli arriving, departures are now expected. The first of which could be midfielder Lucas Leiva, who was left out of the squad against City on Monday night. The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Napoli throughout the summer, and reports suggest that the Reds have an £8m asking price on his head - but they won't be allowing him to go out on loan, preferring to just sell him.

Another player who could leave is defender Daniel Agger, who has recently been linked with moves to Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. The Dane is behind Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho in the pecking order, and admitted that he may be on the way out of Anfield.

"The future is complicated,” the defender told Danish press. "There are a few things that has to be sorted and we have to take it from there. I actually don’t know what will happen. It is a bit up to Liverpool. I have had niggling injuries at the wrong times and I have to say that it is difficult to change the team when it is winning. I am not frustrated by that. I am frustrated the way it happened and the way it was handled."

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