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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rodgers: 'No complaints with FSG support'

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers insists he has "no complaints" about the backing he has received from owners Fenway Sports Group.

The Reds boss enters a new transfer window knowing he does not have a lot of cash at his disposal.

And although his plans to bring in Clint Dempsey in August were scuppered by FSG's refusal to pay an inflated fee for the 29-year-old, leaving him short up front having loaned out Andy Carroll to West Ham, Rodgers has taken it all in his stride.

"The owners have been great and I have no complaints in terms of where we are as a club at this time," he said.

"The support the club will give us (for transfers) will be excellent."

Most of it is likely, however, to be held back until the summer when the multi-millions from a new lucrative Premier League television rights deal come on line.

In the meantime, Rodgers is hoping to provide some much-needed support for top-scorer Luis Suarez with the recruitment of Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge in a deal which has been pending for days.

Nothing is likely to be concluded before tonight's visit of Sunderland, though, as all the focus is on preparing the side to face the Black Cats.

Prevented

After illness prevented Rodgers, head of performance Glen Driscoll and back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones being involved in the win at QPR, the manager will be hopeful none of his other players will have been affected in the ensuing days.

Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill has warned Sunderland they will come up against some of the best players in the Premier League when they run out tonight.

He said: "It will be a test for anybody at Anfield regardless of what side Liverpool have.

"They have still got quality players -- Suarez is an absolute top quality player, and so is Steven Gerrard, and they have got a couple of lads at the back who have been stalwarts for quite some considerable time, and then you can take the right-back (Glen Johnson) into consideration, who is one of the best in the league."

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