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Rodgers: Konoplyanka deal is ´complicated´

31 January 2014 17:00

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted his attempted signing of Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka is "complicated".

As the transfer window nears a conclusion, the Merseysiders are still trying to tie up a deal to bring the Ukraine winger to Anfield.

Liverpool officials are in Ukraine attempting to finalise a deal with Dnipro, and while Rodgers was upbeat about completing the move, he erred on the side of caution at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"There is no update," he said.

"There is obviously an interest in the player but there is no update. We'll see how it goes but obviously it is complicated.

"The staff that are over there have done brilliant work in terms of giving us every chance of getting the player.

"It has all happened very quickly and the timeline on everything always makes it tight. But we've had a list with a number of players on it and we'll see how it all develops."

Rodgers also added that even if the deal did not go through, he was still very happy with his current squad.

A 4-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton on Tuesday saw Liverpool close to within seven points of league leaders Manchester City, as their bid for a top-four berth gathered pace.

And although Konoplyanka would undoubtedly give the Anfield outfit a boost in their race for a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season, Rodgers also said the prospective move is being made with the future in mind.

"It's not just for now, it's for the future as well," he added.

"We are still in the middle of building here and growing a group. We will need a number of players.

"I'm very happy with the group I have. If it doesn't work out and we don't get anyone in then we've shown over the course of the season that this is a team that is ready to fight all the way.

"But let's hope something can happen."

The Liverpool boss also confirmed Joe Allen would return to his squad for Sunday's trip to struggling West Brom after recovering from an adductor problem.

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