By Tomilayo Alapinni
November 12, 2014
Tough luck for Liverpool in the last summer market or how else can one describe a ferocious squad that was untouchable only last season and in fact made the second position but after selling off their best player, made a couple of misjudged signings and are now a shadow of themselves.
Before you judge me as being harsh even the Anfield boss, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that they made a lot of mistakes in the transfer market and has also stated that he is unimpressed with the club’s record so far.
The manager who had be reserving his comment on his team’s recent performance recently revealed that the Anfield outfit’s failure to bring in big name players has been the reason why they have been struggling this season.
The effect of Luis Suarez’s exit amplified by the injury sustained by Daniel Sturridge has dealt the club a devastating blow and Rodgers has now revealed that after he let go of Suarez he had his mind set on Radamel Falcao who has now joined ranks with Manchester United, Diego Costa, who now plies his trade with Chelsea and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
The ESPN reported that although Brendan Rodger’s side had finished in an awesome second place thereby earning a Champions League spot for the first time in five years, the three strikers that the manager earmarked chose to ignore his pleas and all chose to switch to his arch-rivals.
Liverpool currently languish in the 11th position on the league table and their manager has admitted that there is an urgent need to work harder and smarter despite the fact that the club’s summer arrivals, Mario Balotelli, Ricke Lambert and Lazar Markovic have not really being living up to expectations at the club.
In the thick dark cloud that has enveloped the club, few positives have ensued and one of them was when another of the club’s new entrant, Emre Can scored his first goal for the Reds in their 2-1 defeat to league leaders Chelsea, but the fans will be expecting much more seeing as the club has expended in excess of £130m on transfers only last summer.
The manager further explained that: ‘We know what targets we wanted but, for one reason or another, they went elsewhere. We have signed talented young players. Over their time here, whether it is with me or not, they will show they are very good players. We were in a great position at the end of last season. We had Champions League football and a way of working. We just have to work harder and smarter to convince these players to come.’
Rodgers stated that the opportunity to live at the capital (London) was why both Costa and Sanchez favoured the London based clubs over Liverpool’s better offers. Rodgers further explained that:
‘Players look at where they want to live, the social factors as well as the football, if someone gets offered more money to go elsewhere, if they want to go to London. There is not much you can do about it. The club has shown its hand that it is prepared to pay wages for top players. Whether they come is another story.’