Rodgers targets new center back as Coates is ruled out

The 22-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his knee, while the Liverpool boss also denied Napoli's bid for Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is looking to sign a center back as Sebastian Coates has been ruled out for the majority of the season.

The 22-year-old damaged the anterior cruciate knee ligament in his right knee while on international duty with Uruguay and is now set to undergo surgery.

"We feel for big Seba because he's obviously played the latter part of the game," Rodgers told reporters. "He's picked up a similar injury to what Martin Skrtel had last year, so it's probably going to rule him out for most of the season, which is disappointing for him, because he's never given me a minute's problem since he's been here and this was probably the year where he needed to go out and play, so unfortunately that put an end to that.

"It's something that we're looking at, a player to come in in that position."

Rodgers has also confirmed he is willing to allow defender Andre Wisdom to move out on loan.

"I really need to get young Andre Wisdom out on loan," Rodgers said. "It's one to strengthen the squad but it's also to allow some of our younger players to develop, for us to maximize Wisdom and his talent we need to get him some games and to get him out on loan, but I can only do that if somebody with a bit more experience can come in and support the ground. So it's two-fold really, but it's certainly a position that we're looking at."

Rodgers also denied reports suggesting that Liverpool had rejected a bid from Napoli for Skrtel.

"I haven't been told anything about that whatsoever," Rodgers said. "It was mentioned this morning, but it was the first I'd heard of it. Ian Ayre does a terrific job and informs me straight away, but I haven't heard anything."