Rodgers coy on Dempsey move

Rodgers coy on Dempsey move

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is nothing to say about Fulham’s complaint in regards to the Reds’ alleged "tapping up" of Clint Dempsey.

The Cottagers approached the Premier League to express their unhappiness with what they felt was their public pursuit of the United States international.

Fulham manager Martin Jol feels Dempsey has been distracted by the speculation and having left him out of the squad for last weekend’s opening fixture he will do the same again tomorrow.

However, Rodgers insisted the club had made their response privately to the Premier League and would not be commenting any further.

“For me there is nothing to say on it,” said the Irishman.

“This was something I was aware of a number of weeks ago. That has been dealt with in-house.”

Liverpool have distanced themselves from suggestions they wanted to sign Dempsey but one player set to arrive at Anfield – on loan – is Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

“I believe, from the club, everything has been organised and sorted in terms of paperwork so we’re hoping in the next 24 hours that can be done,” added Rodgers.

“He is a great technician. He was player of the season in Germany, captain of Dortmund and fantastic at a very young age.

“He got a move to Real Madrid and obviously through injury it has not quite worked out for him.

“But he is a wonderful player technically and tactically who understands the game and we hope his extra quality coming in will help the group.”

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