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Rodgers rules out Huntelaar Liverpool switch

ESPN staff
August 31, 2012
Brendan Rodgers wants one or two more players © Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers has ruled out a Liverpool move for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but he stopped short of doing likewise regarding Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge.

Having moved Andy Carroll out on loan to West Ham, Rodgers has since created further room on the Liverpool books releasing Jay Spearing on loan to Bolton and Charlie Adam in a reported £4 million switch to Stoke.

Rodgers' focus is now firmly on adding extra names to his playing staff, with Clint Dempsey, Sturridge, Walcott and Huntelaar all linked. A photo of Huntelaar outside a Liverpool airport was posted on Twitter on Friday morning, but Rodgers brushed off the suggestion.

"No, definitely not," answered the Liverpool manager over the prospect of signing the Dutchman.

As reporters moved down the list of potential targets, the name of Walcott cropped up next. "Walcott is an Arsenal player. He's a very good Arsenal player," offered Rodgers, who was then asked about Sturridge.

"Daniel is a young player that I know well and he's done very well for Chelsea. At the moment there's a number of contacts we're making, but out of respect for the clubs and players, I'm not going to go through every player linked to Liverpool."

Rodgers also discussed the futures of Jordan Henderson and Joe Cole, both linked to deadline day exits. However, the Liverpool boss did not expect to see any more outgoings.

"We're hopeful by the end of the day we'll have one or two [more players] to support the group," Rodgers said. "I don't believe many more will leave, if any."

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