Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Expects 'Major Signing' Before Deadline

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers smiles before his team's 5-3 win against Stoke in their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Sunday Jan 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will make a "major signing" before the transfer deadline on Jan. 31, as revealed after the Reds' 4-0 thrashing of Merseyside rivals Everton.

The Northern Irish manager confirmed he is likely to strengthen his team after the derby win, as reported by John Edwards of the Daily Mail:

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"Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts, I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days," said Rodgers.

Rodgers also felt it necessary to clarify he is not at loggerheads with the club after bumbling negotiations failed to land Mohamed Salah, per ESPN.

At one stage it had looked like the Egyptian starlet would be heading to Anfield, but Chelsea snatched him away at the last minute. Nevertheless, Rodgers said in Edwards' report:

It couldn't be further from the truth that I am angry with the club. I came here to do a collective effort to turn around the fortunes of the club. The people here are very important to what we are doing and we want to do it together.

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Who the possible new signing could be is something of a mystery. Rodgers has been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan, per Ben Jefferson of the Express, after previously suggesting he wants more goals from his attacking midfielders.

"We always want more. When you play in those attacking positions it's your job to create and score goals," said Rodgers, as reported by Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.

Signing Turan would make sense if this route of thinking is to be followed—especially after the failed Salah bid—but Liverpool will likely have to stump up a major transfer fee if they are to remove one of Atletico's key players at this stage in the season.

Furthermore, Atletico are locked in a battle for the Spanish title, as well as the Champions League, so it is unlikely any key players will leave during the January window.

Gary Jones of the Daily Star believes Blackpool's Tom Ince could interest the club, but Sky Sports understands Liverpool have not made an approach for the 21-year-old.

Rodgers may seek to strengthen his midfield after Lucas Leiva was ruled out for up to a month, per Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror. A swap deal that sees Daniel Agger exchanged for Napoli's Gokhan Inler has been suggested, per the Metro, but it's unlikely Rodgers will let his vice-captain leave so easily.

Chris Bascombe, writer at the Daily Telegraph, previously hinted Rodgers may find it difficult to sign the players he wants in January, especially after Liverpool board members appear to have other priorities:

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Liverpool's quest for a place in next season's Champions League could still depend on if they strengthen significantly before the end of the window.

Rodgers will be looking to add real quality at a decent price, but he must be confident in landing a big name, otherwise he surely would have kept the potential deal under wraps.

With personnel details at a minimum, it's a case of watch this space right now for Reds fans.