Liverpool boss rules out Ngog exit

The French forward scored two goals against Rabotnicki in the Europa League last night.

Ngog has been linked with a move away from Anfield after failing to make an impact while Rafa Benitez was in charge at the club.

Hodgson insisted: “I can’t stop players being linked with other clubs, but I never discussed him leaving Liverpool.

“I have been very impressed with him. I think Ngog has worked very hard in training and done very well in the pre-season games, and he crowned his hard work with an impressive performance.

“The goals will be a big weight off him mind, and give him confidence. Front players need goals, and he has got them, which means he can relax. He has shown us that he has the movement and touch, and quality, and I’m pleased for him.”