Liverpool Pays The Price For Brendan’s Bad Buys

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Last season was undoubtedly a triumph for Liverpool Football Club under Brendan Rodgers in his first full season in charge which saw the Reds miss out on the title by the slip of a Steven Gerrard boot.

However, the 2014 / 2015 season has seen the wheels fall off with his team currently lying in eight position in the Barclays Premier League and struggling for form. Replacing Louis Suarez was always going to be mission impossible for Rodgers unless Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo suddenly became realistic transfer targets. Even though Suarez almost single-handedly took Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title there may be a more concerning explanation for this seasons demise

Since taking over on 1 July 2012, Rodgers has signed a total of 25 players at a staggering cost of £215.2m. More worrying, is the fact that, aside from Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho, the remaining 23 players have failed to make the impact that Rodgers or the Liverpool faithful would have hoped, suggesting an over-emphasis on the quantity of new signings rather than their quality. This table lists Liverpool’s transfer signings under Brendan Rodgers in chronological order:

Player – Fee – Selling club

Fabio Borini – £10.4m – Roma

Joe Allen – £15m – Swansea City

Oussama Assaidi – £3m – Heerenveen

Nuri Sahin – Loan – Real Madrid

Samed Yesil – £1m – Bayer Leverkusen

Daniel Sturridge – £12m – Chelsea

Joao Tiexeira – £0.83m – Sporting Lisbon

Luis Alberto – £6.8m – Sevilla

Iago Aspas – £7m – Celta Vigo

Simon Mignolet – £9m – Sunderland

Kolo Toure – Free

Aly Cissokho – Loan – Valencia

Mamadou Sakho – £15m – Paris St Germain

Tiago Ilori – £7m – Sporting Lisbon

Victor Moses – Loan – Chelsea

Emre Can – £9.75m – Bayer Lerkusen

Lazar Markovic – £19.8m – Benfica

Dejan Lovren – £20m – Southampton

Divick Origi – £9.8m – Lille

Javier Manquillo – Loan – Atletico Madrid

Alberto Moreno – £12m – Sevilla

Mario Balotelli – £16m – AC Milan

Mario Balotelli is the obvious fall guy and was always going to be a risky buy considering his track record but the buck doesn’t just stop with the out of form Italian. The problem goes beyond Balotelli. Over the Summer Rodgers brought in Dejan Lovren to strengthen the defence, yet after a series of glaring errors he finds himself out of favour. Another one of Roger’s big money buys Lazar Markovic at £19.8m has also flattered to deceive and doesn’t look anything like a player who would command that sort of price tag. Adam Lallana is in and out of the team every week and his ex-Southampton team mate Ricky Lambert has had even less chance to prove himself at the club he grew up supporting as Rodgers doesn’t appear to have any faith in him as a striker. This lack of faith in his own signings was no more apparent than in the Carling Cup tie against Chelsea when he left both of his new strikers, Balotelli and Lambert, on the bench, instead preferring to go with midfielder Raheem Sterling as his lone front man.

Rodgers has undoubtedly done a good job on the training ground working with the players he inherited but it was Kenny Dalglish who signed Suraez and Sterling was already breaking into the squad from the youth team before he arrived. Since Rodgers has had money to spend on his own team it appears that he’s only managed to invest in ineffective players who have failed to make an impact, so much so that he’s reverted back to the likes of Henderson and Skirtel, both players who must have feared their time at Anfield was up when the new coach was bringing in the likes of Lovren, Allen and Sakho. These three players alone cost £50 million and are no longer preferred in his best eleven so when you consider that Mourinho has brought in two world-class players in Costa and Fabregas at a combined cost of only £59m it’s easy to see why Liverpool are currently sitting seven places below league leaders Chelsea. Another blow for the Liverpool boss was his failure to secure a deal for Alexis Sanchez who opted to join rivals Arsenal, much to the delight of the Gunners. Sanchez has debatably been the outstanding player so far this season, contributing a hat full of goals and assists along with a fantastic work rate, not dissimilar to Suarez last season. The signing of a top drawer player like Sanchez would have gone a long way to filling the void left by Suarez and would have signaled Liverpool’s intentions to challenge again for the title. Instead, the influx of mistake prone defenders, mediocre midfielders and misfiring strikers has meant Liverpool have slumped closer to mid-table mediocrity rather than posing a threat to the top four. Rodgers has always talked of bringing in a new philosophy and he will be given time, especially given last seasons escapades. However, the pressure is now on and will soon mount from both the board and fans alike if he continues to buy overpriced and unproven players that aren’t taking the team in the right direction.

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