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Rodgers: Konoplyanka collapsed deal not Liverpool's fault

Created on Feb. 03, 2014 3:52 PM EST

Brendan Rodgers will not dwell on Liverpool's failure to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka and denied being disgruntled with the club's owners.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Konoplyanka looked to be on his way to Anfield before the transfer window closed on Friday but the deal collapsed.

The Ukrainian club's owner, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, refused to sign the paperwork but Dnipro put the blame on Liverpool.

Rodgers, who also missed out on Mohamed Salah when the winger joined Chelsea, insisted that Liverpool did everything in their power to complete the deal and revealed he may go back in for the 24-year-old at the end of the season.

The Liverpool manager said after Sunday's 1-1 draw at West Brom: "The club did everything possible to get the player in.

"In every aspect - the finance, we had our chief scout and managing director and doctor out there to conclude the deal - and from our point categorically Ian Ayre (Liverpool managing director) did a brilliant job trying to negotiate.

"I've heard the problem mentioned was about the money, but that was not a problem. It just wasn't to be.

"I feel really sorry for the player because he was obviously desperate to come but it's gone now and we will review it in the summer."

Despite enduring more frustration in the transfer market, the former Swansea City boss refused to lay the blame with the Merseyside club's owners Fenway Sports Group.

When asked about his deadline day inactivity, Rodgers said: "It's of no consequence now.

"I don't focus on that, I'm really only focused now on working with the players that I have. There's no point in me looking back.

"We've some wonderful people at the club, we're very much together here as a club and I'm very conscious that whatever frustrations I have, I would never let you guys (journalists) know, that's one thing for sure.

"This is a football club that I want to stay together and keep together for the longer term. It will never be broken by stuff that might be written in the papers and announced.

"I'm the type of person that if I have an issue and a problem, I don't need to ring up journalists and give them little snippets to put out there.

"It's not my way of working and if I've got an issue I'll speak with the owners, but I'll be diplomatic about it in the way that I'd do it and it certainly wouldn't be out in the public, that's for sure."

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