Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers claims Liverpool need to make money available so he can sign world class players in January…
Brendan Rodgers has been criticised for his summer signings this season, but now admits that Liverpool need “ready-made” players to succeed, reports the Mirror.
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The Northern Irish manager spent over £100m this past summer, with large chunks of it going on young, unproven talent. He has failed to adequately replace the experienced players that have retired or moved on to greener pastures, and with Steven Gerrard set for an end of season exit this has been highlighted further.
Despite his massive expenditure in the summer, Rodgers claims that money needs to be made available to buy world class players. The Merseyside boss knows that his squad consists largely of young and talented players, but lacks the few grizzled veterans that every team ideally needs.
“A large part of our squad is young players but there’s no doubt that if you want to take steps forward, you need to sign ready-made players,” he said.
“The model at the football club is clear in that the owners want to bring in young players in order to develop and create them into world class players.
“Of course, that can be a longer and more difficult process. It is certainly something I know the owners look at. They know that not every player can be a developer. If you’re going to keep progressing, you also need those ready-made players.”
The club have failed to replace the gaping hole left by Luis Suarez following his £75m move to Barcelona, with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini failing to impress.
After a fantastic 2013/14 campaign, Liverpool are struggling badly this season. Effective January signings could save their season however, as well as Brendan Rodgers’ job.