Brendan Rodgers on Markovic and Balotelli loans, injury updates and working on improvements

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League game against West Ham United.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated, at a press conference covered by the Liverpool Echo, that Lazar Markovic still has a future at the club despite the Serbian being expected to complete a loan move to Fenerbahce in the coming days.

The Serbian signed for £20 million last summer from Benfica - as reported by the BBC - but the 21-year-old has slipped down the pecking order after being unable to make the desired impact at Anfield.

Rodgers told reporters, including those of the Echo, that he feels Mario Balotelli's return to AC Milan on loan is a good move for the Italian.

He said: "It's a good move for Mario. He goes to play and gets a season of playing football in his homeland."

As far as transfer business goes, Rodgers told journalists they won't be needing to camp outside Melwood as all of their incomings are done. 

The Reds boss also provided an update on the state of his squad, and suggests he'll be picking from the same group as he did in the draw against Arsenal when they face West Ham United on Saturday, with Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana still doubts through injury.

Daniel Sturridge was photographed in training at Melwood on Thursday as he continues his recovery from a hip injury, but Rodgers refused to put a date on the forward's return to action.

"He's come back from America. He looks well. We will take it week on week. There's no pressure."

Liverpool have managed to keep three clean sheets from three so far this season as they have tried to address a leaky defence that has cost them dearly over the past couple of seasons. 

Rodgers has revealed the extent of work that the side is going through in order for them to remain solid throughout the campaign, and has said that his players are excited about this season after making a positive start.

He said: "We are doing extra sessions on every aspect of our defending. We are putting in an awful lot of work.

"There's been a lot of work on the training field and a lot of work analysing. It's been about reclaiming the mentality that disappeared last season.

"It's been about a lot of hard work and everyone working towards common goals."

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