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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers waves to fans prior to team practice at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in preparation for their friendly soccer match against A.S. Roma scheduled for Wednesday. (AP Ph

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers waves to fans prior to team practice at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in preparation for their friendly soccer match against A.S. Roma scheduled for Wednesday. (AP Ph

Jordan Henderson celebrates with team-mates. Picture: Frank Franklin II/AP

Jordan Henderson celebrates with team-mates. Picture: Frank Franklin II/AP

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers waves to fans prior to team practice at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in preparation for their friendly soccer match against A.S. Roma scheduled for Wednesday. (AP Ph

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers is still keen to add to his six summer signings already but he will have to wait to begin work with one of his new arrivals.

Defender Dejan Lovren, signed from Southampton last week, will not join the club on the latter stages of their pre-season tour in America.

The Croatia centre-back, who completed his move on Sunday, will remain on Merseyside as he does not have the necessary travel documents.

"Unfortunately he can't come out here because I don't think he has got his visa to travel out, so he is working back at Melwood with the staff and he will be ready to join us whenever we get back," said Rodgers.

Collapsed

Further defensive reinforcements are expected with the Reds boss still chasing a left-back and there is room for another striker after a deal for QPR's Loic Remy collapsed.

Forward Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana have also been acquired from Southampton, while Benfica winger Lazar Markovic provides more attacking options and Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can has added depth to the midfield.

However, with Divock Origi loaned back to Lille for a year Liverpool still look light up front following the departure of Suarez.

"We still have some positions that we want to fill within the squad so that by the end of August we have a strong group of players to go forward with. We've still got some business to do," added Rodgers after the friendly win over Manchester City in New York on Wednesday night..

"We've brought in specific players for specific roles, players that have the profile of how we work.

"A lot of the players that have come in, the transition has been very smooth and that should make the adjustment that bit easier.

"Of course some of them are young and coming to a different country, like Emre Can. That will take a little bit of time.

"The players are transitioning very well, though it will take a little bit of time."

Rodgers was delighted with his side's positive response to tactical changes after they twice rallied against City to edge out the Premier League champions.

"It was a great game for us. Manchester City are a wonderful team and will go close in the Premier League again this year,"the 41-year-old Northern Irishman told reporters after the match at the Yankee Stadium.

"What has been the trademark of this team over the past 18months has been the character. We showed it again tonight tokeep going and get ourselves back in the game.

Tactical

"We played with a number of different formations. Pre-seasonis about the physical fitness of the players and re-introducingthat tactical element of the game.

"Credit to the players for coping with those changes intactics and systems. Overall I was pleased."

The coach had special praise for Henderson, who netted five times for Liverpool last season, and said he expected more goals from the 24-year-old Englishman.

"That's the objective for Jordan this season," Rodgers said. "He has the qualities as he showed with the finish for the equaliser. He does that day-in day-out in training.

"I expect him to get upwards of 10 goals this season. He has the qualities and tactical nous to arrive in places to do that."

City boss Manuel Pellegrini was also satisfied with his side's performance in front of a capacity crowd of more than 49,000.

"I'm very happy because it was a good, competitive game and useful for both teams," the Chilean said. "We played well forthe first 45 minutes when 0-0 didn't reflect exactly what happened.

"Then we played well in the second half, though Joe Hart made some very good saves and we missed some good chances especially when the score was 2-1. Then we had the penalties..."

Pellegrini tipped Montenegrin forward Jovetic, who has scored four goals in two matches on the tour, for a stellar season.

"I have said before that Stevan is a very important player for us and he proved again what an asset he can be," the coach said.

"He had a number of different injuries last season but now he is fully fit.

"I'm sure if he continues in this way he will show why he is here. If he's fit all the year he will be a very important player for us."


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