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Rodgers: Reds will compete on and off the pitch

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers insists the club can and will compete when it comes to paying top wages for players he feels are worth it.

The Northern Irishman decided not to pursue a deal for newly-signed Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson after his salary demands increased beyond what the Reds boss was willing to pay.

Rodgers had inside knowledge of what the Iceland international had accepted when he had initially decided to agreed to join Swansea, where he spent the latter part of last season on loan from Hoffenheim, before Rodgers moved to Anfield.

But he stressed that was an isolated case and in another instance circumstances may dictate otherwise.

“We didn't lose out (on Sigurdsson) because of not wanting to spend the money, we lost out because the manager was not prepared to move,” said Rodgers.

“There is no doubt there will be other targets and people we want to bring in but we won't lose out on wages.

“If we feel there is a player out there in the market whose value and worth can add value to what we are doing here then we will do everything we can to bring them in - no question.”

Rodgers was non-committal on the future of Andy Carroll, as his club closed in on adding Roma's Fabio Borini to the Anfield strike force.

Rodgers worked with Borini when he was a coach at Chelsea's academy and was impressed enough to bring the Italian in on loan from Stamford Bridge to Swansea in March 2011, when the 21 year-old scored six goals in just nine appearances and helped get City promoted.

Borini has one senior Italy cap but was an unused squad member at the recent European Championship. There was some confusion about his intentions two weeks ago, when Roma bought out the remaining 50 per cent of his contract, having loaned him from Serie A rivals Parma.

However, the right to purchase a player outright is a significant part of the Italian mercato transfer system and it did not materially affect Rodgers' chances of persuading the Italy Under-21 striker to become his first Liverpool signing.

In fact, it has actually simplified it, by ensuring that they have only one club to deal with for a possible £7m acquisition.

The prospect of a Milan loan move for Carroll has been floated in Italy, where the club's president Pier Silvio Berlusconi – son of the former Italian prime minister – has said he was impressed at Euro 2012 with a player whose £35m Liverpool price tag may make his sell-on fee prohibitive.


Rodgers did not reject such an audacious notion when it was put to him that such a deal may not offer benefits for Liverpool, though he did say that he wanted to assess what Carroll could bring to the club. “It's something I would have to look at, I have to be honest,” the manager said.

“I'm not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player's gone, and you're saying, ‘You said you wouldn't let them go.' There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club? That's the most important thing.

“Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long-term. It gets them game experience, and they come back a better player, a more confident one.

"Certainly more so than if they've been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season. That can benefit both parties. It would have to be beneficial for the club and I will judge on that.”

Real Madrid's technically gifted 25-year-old midfielder Esteban Granero is another player who appears to fit the bill for the style of play which Rodgers wants to bring to the club.

“We have only made three or four inquiries about players and we can maybe close out one deal, maybe two, this week,” said Rodgers.