Transfer failures worry Rodgers

Sep 04, 2012, 11:07 IST | AFP

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he will be forced to look into signing free agent forwards Michael Owen and Didier Drogba after his club's worst league start for 50 years

Having allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan, Rodgers expected the club’s hierarchy to complete a move for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who had made no secret of his desire to move to Anfield.

Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers

However, Liverpool reportedly offered a derisory £3 million for US international Dempsey, who subsequently joined Tottenham for twice that fee, leaving Rodgers perilously short of attacking options for the foreseeable future.

After Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday capped a dispiriting week for Rodgers, the former Swansea boss said: “I wouldn’t have let Andy Carroll go if I had known I had no replacement.”

Rodgers added: “How confident was I that we would get a replacement? Very. We all know we needed reinforcements but the window has shut.”  

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