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Rodgers in no rush for Hughes

21 November 2013

Manager Brendan Rodgers insists younger players have to be given time to develop and being fast-tracked into Liverpool's first team is not always beneficial.

With changes afoot at the club's academy - Press Association Sport understands director Frank McParland and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell have both been removed from their posts - there will be a renewed focus on the Reds' Kirkby production line.

But Rodgers extended his view on younger players further afield, citing the case of Derby's promising teenager Will Hughes.

The 18-year-old, who scored his first goal for England's Under-21s in their 9-0 demolition of San Marino in midweek, has been continually linked with a move to Anfield.

Rodgers took the unprecedented step of addressing the speculation as he felt it was becoming unfair on the teenager.

"I never normally say anything about players but I do really feel for this young guy," said the Reds boss.

"It is something which has been ongoing and I don't normally comment on speculation but (I will) because I have the interest of the player at heart.

"This is a kid who if he picks up the paper every weekend he is linked with coming to Liverpool.

"This is a very talented young player that either a person or a group of people aren't doing him any favours whatsoever by constantly linking him with coming to Liverpool.

"I read we had put in a bid or something had been agreed and there is nothing further from the truth. There is no bid, there has been nothing.

"This is a young kid learning the game, he is at an outstanding club at Derby, he has a great manager there and we sent one of our young players (Andre Wisdom) there to develop and learn.

"I think Will Hughes is a wonderful young talent who just needs to play football and for me he is probably at the best place he could be.

"We are always looking for talent - young players, senior players, and he along with many other players is probably one we've looked at."


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