Saturday, September 08, 2012

Rodgers In Transfers Admission

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has conceded the club's transfer plans did not go as they would have liked in the summer window.

The transfer window closed last Friday with Liverpool failing to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll after allowing the England international to join West Ham on loan.

The inability to land a new forward has left Rodgers short of options in attack with the side currently struggling for goals in their opening three Premier League games.

Principal owner John W Henry has come under fire from some supporters for failing to back Rodgers in the transfer market and the Reds boss has revealed he held talks with the club's American owners to clear the air.

"I've had long conversations with the owners," Rodgers told The Anfield Wrap podcast after a discussion with fan groups

"I've got to say they have been very honest and very up front right from the off.

"I came here first and foremost because of the owners. I felt a genuine honesty in their approach to it and in how they wanted to go forward with the football club.

"Of course the window didn't quite go to plan but going forward a great deal of learning has taken place."

Rodgers believes he was right to trim the squad and offload some of the club's high earners despite leaving him short of cover in certain areas.

"Every manager always wants more players. But the reality of where the club is at there needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad," added Rodgers.

"Some of the wages here were absolutely astronomical in terms of value and worth. That needed to be looked at.

"I knew there would be a wee bit of pain in the short term but hopefully for the longer term gain.

"We finished up where we were at and now we have got to move forward as a football club and really have the one-club mentality. It's important we all come together, supporters, players and management."

Rodgers is aware his squad is going to be stretched to the limit until the transfer window reopens in January and has called on the players to 'man up' for a tough schedule.

"We're in a position where we've got 25 games minimum between now and January so we're going to be stretched to the limit," said Rodgers.

"I've spoken to the players and if they get little niggles they have to man up.

"We have to all come together and be strong.

"What I've got here is a platform of hard work and integrity in this group. They have been fantastic in their work.

"January is always a difficult month [to buy] however you are doing but it's something we have to look at."

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