Roy Hodgson focused on pitch matters

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Manager Roy Hodgson says he prefers to focus on matters on the pitch, with Liverpool seemingly set for a takeover in the not too distant future.

Hodgson was speaking after seeing his side ease through to the Europa League play-off round at the expense of Rabotnicki Skopje, following a day of frenzied speculation on Merseyside.

"The interesting thing for me today was the game, that has been my total focus," Hodgson commented."When and if a takeover takes place I'm sure I will be informed.

"We have made some signings so far and we hope to bring in at least a couple of other players.

"I think the danger would be in a late takeover that money would be made available, but we wouldn't have had a chance to research the players in this transfer window.

"We are doing our research in this window and targeting players that the club is capable and able to buy.

"If one day an enormous amount of money is made available like it was for Manchester City and Chelsea, so be it – it would be nice.

"But we would still have to do a lot of research before we started splashing that money around. It is not a question of how much a player costs, it is how good he is."

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