Rodgers confirms Remy deal is off


    Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to sign Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers, however refused to clarify exactly why the move collapsed.

    The France striker looked set to complete a move to Anfield for a fee of £8.5million, having agreed personal terms.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Reports suggested the Reds pulled out of the deal after the forward failed a medical, but Rodgers refused to be drawn on the exact reason as to why the deal was off.

    Speaking after the Reds 1-0 win over Olympiakos in Chicago, the boss said: “It’s very simple, we have decided not to go ahead with the deal.

    “It’s unfortunate for the player – we’re obviously disappointed – but there’s nothing more to be said. We move onto other targets.”

    Remy had reportedly been offered the number 7 shirt vacated by Luis Suarez, but having watched a front three of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, and new boy Lazar Markovic perform well in Chicago, Rodgers remains confident the Reds possess plenty of firepower.

    “Luis Suarez isn’t a Liverpool player so I don’t need to talk about or reference Luis Suarez,” Rodgers told the club’s official website.

    “I’ll just worry about the players I have, who showed in enough games last season and the season before, when we didn’t have Luis, that we can score goals. That won’t be an issue.

    “I’ve seen a difference in Daniel since he came back; he has obviously got confidence from the World Cup and his season last year.

    “I think he’s ready to take on the mantle. He got 20-odd goals last season so he’s a striker of great value.

    “Markovic will only get better and better. He showed great strength when he burst through and hopefully later on when he picks up that speed and sharpness in his game, he’ll go on and finish that.

    “We’ve got good speed. Raheem Sterling is always a threat – he’s a joy to watch. I thought those three were really exciting.”


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