Owner piles further misery on Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool owner John Henry has rubbed salt into the wounds of angry supporters by boasting that his baseball team, the New York Red Sox, is among the sport’s biggest spenders, reports the Daily Mail.
The claim comes just 48 hours after he penned an open letter to Liverpool fans, defending the club’s transfer policy and insisting that the Reds would not waste money on transfer fees and wages.
Boss Brendan Rodgers allowed £35m striker Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan the day before the transfer deadline but failed to bring either of his attacking top targets, Clint Dempsey and Daniel Sturridge, after confusion over his allotted transfer budget.
Dempsey instead joined Tottenham in a deal believed to be worth £6m, with Liverpool thought to have offered Fulham just £3m.
The failure has left the Anfield club desperately short of attacking options, with just Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini the only senior forwards on their books.
Henry faced a barrage of abuse from supporters on twitter and responded with a controversial 800-word letter to Kopites on Monday.
Henry wrote: “A summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future – Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi – could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.
“The transfer policy was not about cutting costs,” Henry added. “It was – and will be in the future – about getting maximum value for what is spent so that we can build quality and depth.”
But Henry’s words appear in stark contrast to those he used in another open letter to Red Sox’s fans, proclaiming: “We continue to have the second highest payroll among the 30 clubs.
“Baseball is a 365-days-a-year sport for us. Our commitment to winning with the Red Sox is unabated.”
Liverpool sit 18th in the Premier League after failing to win any of their first three games. It os their worst start to a top-flight season for more than 50 years.
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