Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is still optimistic that Liverpool can finish the season strongly despite missing out on Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk attacker had undergone a medical with the Reds on Friday ahead of his proposed move, but the Premier League side were unable to agree a deal with the Ukraine international's club before the 23.00 deadline.

The Merseyside outfit's manager admitted he was disappointed that the club were unable to strengthen during the January window, but insists the Reds' current squad is still more than capable of competing.

"I think it's difficult in order to bring certain players in that are going to help us immediately," he told the club's official website. "The availability of the player, and of course the affordability, are always the two factors involved in getting a player in.

"It certainly hasn't been because of a lack of work by the football club. There are lots of people who have worked tirelessly to identify and find the right types of players. A lot of those players haven't been able to become available for us.