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Out in the open: Rodgers confirms Dempsey approach

The new coach also expects Andy Carroll to stay and fight for his place, saying: ‘He’s the same as every other player.’

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LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN Rodgers has confirmed that the club have made an enquiry for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.

The former Swansea City boss is thought to be a long-term admirer of the USA international, who notched an impressive 23 goals for the Cottagers last term.

Rumours circulated on Wednesday that a move was close to completion and, speaking on the club’s pre-season tour of Boston, Rodgers confirmed his interest in Dempsey but was sure to clarify his club’s current stance.

“Clint is a player we’ve enquired about, it is as simple as that,” the Reds coach told Liverpool’s official website.

“Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club (Fulham) to see what the position is. That is where we’re at. He’s a very talented player but we don’t like to talk about other clubs’ players.”

Rodgers completed his first business as Liverpool boss on Friday with the signing of Roma forward Fabio Borini for a reported 11 million pounds, with Arsenal winger Theo Walcott also heavily linked with a move to Anfield.

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But, while speculation mounts over the future of 35-million-pound striker Andy Carroll, the Ulsterman moved to quash rumours of a possible loan move to former club Newcastle.

“There has been a lot written and spoken about him but first and foremost Andy is a Liverpool player,” Rodgers added.

“To consider a loan period for someone the club spent 35 million pounds on isn’t something we’re looking to do at this moment in time.

“Andy will be the same as every other player – if there’s ever an offer that comes in we’d look at it as a club and see if it’s going to be worthwhile for the club and the team as a whole.

“The club invested 35 million pounds in him. People talk about whether he can fit into my style or not, but if you’re a club and you spend 35 million pounds on a player you’d like to think he can fit into whatever style the team plays.

“He’s a good player. He’ll join the rest of the group next week and we’ll take it from there.”

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