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Rodgers plays down reports linking Adam with move away from Liverpool

The Reds manager has revealed that he tried to sign the midfielder when he was in charge of Reading and insists that he is working hard to fight for a place in the first team.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down reports linking midfielder Charlie Adam with a move away from Anfield.

The Scotland international joined the Reds for 6.75 million pounds from Blackpool last summer and made 28 Premier League appearances last season, scoring two goals.

He has frequently been mentioned in connection with a departure since Rodgers took over as manager but the Northern Irishman has revealed that he tried to sign Adam during his time at Reading.

"Charlie was brought in for a lot of money after a terrific time at Blackpool," Rodgers told reporters. "Last season was a wee bit broken in terms of injury but he has trained well in preseason and will play against Hearts. He's a talent - everyone knows that - and he played well in the last Scotland game.

"You never forecast anyone's career and all I can talk about is the here and now. At the minute he's working hard and looking to fight for a place. I actually tried to buy Charlie when I was manager of Reading so where these stories come from, I don't know."

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