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Thursday 27 November 2014

Rodgers eyes 'major signing'

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge (2nd R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Roberto Martinez the Everton manager directs his players as Brendan Rodgers the Liverpool manager reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool takes a penalty kick , but puts his attempt wide of the target during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard hands the ball to team-mate Daniel Sturridge (left) to take a penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool attempts to control the ball under pressure from John Stones of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is brought down for a penalty by goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool chips the ball over goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton to score his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge (2nd R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Liverpoolis pursued by James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge (R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammate Luis Suarez (L) after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Roberto Martinez the Everton manager directs his players as Brendan Rodgers the Liverpool manager reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful of making a major signing to boost their push for Champions League qualification.

A resounding 4-0 victory over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside derby at Anfield courtesy of two goals from Daniel Sturridge - who missed a penalty to complete his hat-trick - and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez provided a welcome shot in the arm to their top-four hopes.

And despite being frustrated so far in his attempts to bolster his injury-hit fourth-placed squad the Reds boss believes there is still time to make a significant signing before the window closes on Friday.

"I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days," he said.

"I saw some headlines after yesterday's press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club - nothing is further from the truth.

"We are not just going to get the players we want to get in for a number of reasons.

"Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games."

Rodgers felt the performance against their near neighbours was just what was needed to reinvigorate their top-four challenge.

"I think all wins are important but especially against your rivals and psychologically it was a big win and can re-iterate the confidence and belief in the squad," said Rodgers.

"We have to keep our foot to the floor and keep these performances and keep scoring goals.

"This was a massive game. I think we have shown all season we are going to be in contention for fourth place."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was left to worry over the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku who injured ankle ligaments in a collision with Gareth Barry.

"He has his ankle in a cast," said Martinez. "We will assess it but it doesn't look too good at the moment."

Merseyside Police announced after the game it was looking into reports missiles had been thrown from the crowd.

Television showed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez collecting some objects as he prepared to take a corner early in the match at Anfield.

Press Association Sport understands around a dozen coins were thrown from the Anfield Road End - part of which houses visiting supporters - during the first half.

A police statement read: "Officers are requesting CCTV from the stadium and will review any footage as part of inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents."

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