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01st Feb 2014

Rodgers refuses to blame Ian Ayre for failure to land copy and paste’s Yevhen Konoplyanka

Somewhere, a lonely tumbleweed makes its way towards Anfield.

Tony Cuddihy

Somewhere, a lonely tumbleweed makes its way towards Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers insists he’s happy with the squad he has got despite Liverpool’s failure to land any players in the January transfer window.

The Reds failed to land Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro despite triggering the player’s release clause with a bid of £15m.

Reportedly, the chairman of the player’s club, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, refused to sign the necessary paperwork to allow the 24-year-old to make the move to England.

Rodgers, for his part, isn’t that bothered.

“As a manager, you would like to have strengthened – but I’m very optimistic with the group of players I still have available here. If we can keep those players fit, and maximise the availability for the rest of the season, we can have a great chance to have a really good finish,” Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.

Chief Executive Ian Ayre flew out to Ukraine to get the deal done but came back empty-handed.

Rodgers, like any good employee, refused to blame the man upstairs.

“It certainly hasn’t been because of a lack of work by the football club. There are lots of people who have worked tirelessly to identify and find the right types of players. A lot of those players haven’t been able to become available for us.”

Hat-tip to Setanta Sports for this…