Friday, August 23, 2013

Rodgers Disappointed To Miss Out On Willian

Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool they must get over the disappointment of being beaten to the punch by Tottenham to the signing of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Liverpool looked on course to make the Brazilian their marquee summer signing before Spurs swooped to agree a deal believed to be worth around £30 million with Anzhi.

Willian is believed to have completed his medical and will be announced as a Spurs player soon, but Rodgers says Liverpool cannot afford to dwell on the near miss as they try to improve their squad ahead of a push for a top-four finish.

“This is Liverpool football club and we're trying to get the best players we possibly can and if we can't get them in, then we have to move on," he said.

“If you're going to climb the league, then you have to get the best players you possibly can to help you and that are our aim.

“Of course, if you don't get the player you want, then there's always that initial disappointment, but you can't dwell on it.”

Rodgers went on to reveal that signing a new centre-back is his priority, and added that with 11 days to go until the close of the transfer window he still hopes to seal the arrival of a few new faces.

“There's still a chunk of the window left and we got a lot of our business done early on, which was good. If we can finish off in these remaining days and get players in that can help us, it would end a very good window for us.”

Liverpool has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market despite the arrival of five new players, the latest of which being Aly Cissokho on loan from Valencia.

They originally targeted Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk but he opted to join Borussia Dortmund, while a bid for Diego Costa eventually resulted in the striker signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid.

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