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Brendan Rodgers plays it cool about possible Financial Fair Play investigation

Liverpool boss also faced queries about Real Madrid’s latest link to teen star Raheem Sterling.

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LIVERPOOL ARE RELAXED about reports they face an investigation into potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by European governing body UEFA, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.

British media reports claim that Liverpool are one of several clubs under investigation, including Monaco, Inter Milan and Roma.

Clubs that did not play in Europe last season have recently submitted their accounts to UEFA’s scrutiny, but Rodgers is confident that Liverpool will not fall foul of the regulations.

“It’s obviously something that will be dealt with by the directors,” he said. “It’s something we’re comfortable with because we’re great advocates of Financial Fair Play. It’s ongoing with the club.”

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain received heavy penalties last season for breaching FFP rules, which oblige clubs not to spend beyond their means.

Rodgers also declared that he was unconcerned by media speculation linking in-form 19-year-old winger Raheem Sterling with interest from European champions Real Madrid.

“It shows that he’s playing exceptionally well,” Rodgers told a press conference. “I think you could probably link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. He’s a fantastic young talent.

I’ve nothing really to add to it. There’s obviously lots of speculation every day about players coming and going here at Liverpool. He’s a wonderful boy who’s developing very, very well here.

“I think him and his representatives and the people close to him know how comfortable he is here and I’m sure at some point in the future, whatever contract we’re looking to work with will be sorted, but he’s still got three years left and there’s no rush from my perspective.”

Liverpool host Everton on Saturday in the season’s first Merseyside derby and Rodgers revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge could be in line to make his comeback after a thigh injury.

“We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re going to give every chance to,” said the Northern Irishman.

“He’s a player who’s out on the field working. Him and a number of others we’ll just assess nearer the time. But if he doesn’t make it, he won’t be far off after that.”

- © AFP, 2014

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