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Friday 18 April 2014

Rodgers: We'll be better next time

Brendan Rodgers, pictured, has warned Roberto Martinez to expect a strong Liverpool side in the forthcoming local derby

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez to expect a very different Reds side in their upcoming derby clash compared to the one that struggled against Aston Villa.

With Martinez looking on from the Anfield stands in preparation for the game at Goodison Park next Tuesday, Rodgers' team were second best in the first half on Saturday against Villa.

With first-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke, the visitors threatened a repeat of their shock victory last season.

Liverpool fought back, however, as Daniel Sturridge scored just prior to half-time, whilst Steven Gerrard struck a penalty early into the second period to earn a point.

Despite the lacklustre showing, ahead of the next league clash with their local rivals, Rodgers said: "He will know how I work and knows how my teams work.

"But he will know it will be a totally different game here for the derby.

"It wasn't one of our better days (against Villa), but we've had many great games here."

Speaking to the Daily Post, Rodgers added: "We'll be ready for the derby game for sure."

The Northern Irishman is being heavily linked with a move for Basle winger Mohamed Salah.

Rodgers admitted after Saturday's game to meeting with owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner, apparently receiving assurances there is money available this month to strengthen.

Salah has reportedly long been on Rodgers' radar, and while a bid of £8million is being suggested, Basle may demand double that figure.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have confirmed the departure of young defender Tiago Ilori, who has joined Spanish side Granada on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old was signed on transfer deadline day in September for £7million from Sporting Lisbon but has yet to make an appearance under Rodgers.

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