Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Rodgers - Issues To Iron Out

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's owners have been very honest with him but admits there are operational matters to sort out to help the club in the next transfer window.

The Reds manager was left short of strikers at Friday's deadline after failing to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll, who joined West Ham United on loan.

Rodgers has had contact with the club's owners since the window closed and is now looking to move forward.

He understands that players needed to be sold but hopes to be able to put his own stamp on the squad in January.

"There is no doubt the finances here had to be changed. That was the reality. We can't do anything about it," said Rodgers.

"We have lost nine players and bought in three. From the business side, the club has done well and what we need to do for the future is make sure the football side is looked after and help the players here.

"We will reflect on it as a club and hopefully, come January and the next window, we can transition the group to allow us to compete.

"That was always the intention. I wanted to build a squad."

Rodgers is thankful to the Fenway Sports Group for putting their faith in him but admits there are issues that need to be resolved ahead of the January window.

"It is a learning process for the owners as well. They have come in and invested well over £100million and then they have made the change for whatever reason and one of the most iconic figures in the club's history (Kenny Dalglish) has left.

"They made the change and made a big commitment to have me here for the longer term. I have a group of people I worked well with and the owners have been very up front and honest with me. I have no problem with that.

"There are obviously one or two things we need to iron out but the owners have been very honest and haven't misled me in any way whatsoever. There are operational things we need to sort out and if we do that, which will help us in the next transfer window.
"I have spoken to people back in America since Friday. They have my thoughts. We move on and will reflect on it next week. The reality is not a lot is done in January, but we certainly need help."

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