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Rodgers Plays Down Liverpool’s Deadline Day Prospects

Liverpool has had a quiet window and quiet deadline day so far, and though he didn’t completely rule out the club making any moves, Brendan Rodgers isn’t expecting that to change.

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So far, Liverpool’s deadline day has amounted to loaning out 17-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo to Wigan in the Championship. This follows on from recalling 19-year-old winger Jordon Ibe from Championship side Derby earlier in the window.

It’s been a quiet day so far, then, following on from a very quiet January in the market, and with the death of rumours that Rickie Lambert could head out on loan—with a replacement striker then arriving—the only transfer story with any weight to it left is a potential deal to secure Danny Ings' services in the summer.

"If star quality isn’t available then you press on with what you have," Rodgers told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Bolton. "It will be very quiet for us, and we’re looking to keep our players here. I have a squad I trust and believe in."

Not all Liverpool’s players, obviously, as Ojo has already left, and Rodgers didn’t completely rule out the chance of the club making any move, but as has been the case all along in January the smart money would appear to be on nothing much happening in the transfer market for Liverpool before the window shuts.

If, as looks likely, that’s the case, Liverpool will have to hope Daniel Sturridge can stay fit for the second half of the season and Simon Mignolet’s form doesn’t slip, otherwise any hope of making the top four—slim even with Sturridge and an on-form Mignolet—likely disappears completely.

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