It would be fair to say that there were more than a few frustrated faces following the lack of activity on transfer deadline day, with Liverpool failing to bring anybody in despite allowing Andy Carroll to leave. Following on from this, Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he does regret the dealings of last week and has stated that he would not have allowed Andy Carroll to leave if he had known that he couldn’t sign a replacement.
The football world was shocked when West Ham completed the loan signing of Carroll last week, with the Hammers shelling out just £1m for the player despite his enormous price tag in 2011. Following on from that move, many people were certain that Rodgers would swoop for reinforcements yet as the clock ticked down, it became clear that the Reds were not going to be successful in their hunt.
The general consensus was that Clint Dempsey would complete a much-anticipated move to Anfield, yet it’s thought that the board refused to sanction the £6m fee that Fulham demanded. There were also strong rumours linking Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge with a loan move but once again, this deal failed to materialize.
Rodgers has now claimed that he would not have sanctioned Carroll’s departure had he known that his search for new players would be fruitless. The former Swansea boss also added, “We all know we needed reinforcements and the players needed help but it’s gone now and I can’t do anything about it. There is no point in me sitting here crying about it wishing we had or we hadn’t. There is no doubt the finances here had to be changed. That is the reality. We have lost nine players and brought in three so from a business side the club has done well. What we need to do well for the future now is look after the football business and help the players here.”