Rodgers: Sahin deal imminent

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he is edging closer to signing Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin.

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The midfielder has also been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal but looks set for a switch to Anfield, with Rodgers hopeful that a deal is imminent.

The manager said: "Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that. It's quite far along. He's a very good footballer."

Rodgers' comments have added to the confusion surrounding the destination of the player. In the last 48 hours, he has also been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, with some media outlets in the UK reporting the deal as almost done. 

The Liverpool coach also revealed that Andy Carroll missed Thursday night's 1-0 win over Hearts in the Europa League with a hamstring problem.

Carroll failed to make the squad for the play-off first leg in Edinburgh - despite his presence at the stadium - with the £35million striker linked with a return to Newcastle.

However, Rodgers says the forward was set to start against Hearts and he remains hopeful he will be fit for Sunday's visit of champions Manchester City.

He said: "Andy was due to start. He had a slight twinge on his hamstring.

"We had a scan on it and it didn't show a tear, just a slight disruption.

"We tried to give him 48 hours, let him travel and he trained yesterday [Wednesday] to see how it was.

"It was still a bit tight and the medics' advice was it was too much of a risk for him to play.

"It was unfortunate because he has worked well and I know he was desperate to play.

"Hopefully missing the game tonight [Thursday] will allow him to recover for the weekend."

An own-goal from Andy Webster with 12 minutes to go was all that separated the two sides and Rodgers refused to concede the outcome of the tie is now a foregone conclusion in the second leg at Anfield next week.

He said: "We always respect every opponent. We're not that good to be that complacent to be honest.

"We've got an awful lot of work to do but I was delighted for the players tonight.

"Once they got the positioning right in the second half, they were excellent at times.

"It was great for me to see some of the players who haven't been playing so much, some of our young talent as well.

"All round it was a good win and another clean sheet, which is important."

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