Liverpool’s recruitment policy more worrying than their lack of depth

As Liverpool stumbled to a 3-1 defeat at Hull on Sunday, the Reds’ so far almost impeccable run this season was abruptly brought to a halt, leading Brendan Rodgers to demand reinforcements and others to question the former Swansea manager’s transfer policy.

Unexpected though it might have been, Sunday’s defeat shouldn’t take anything away from Liverpool’s excellent start to the season, which has seen them pick up 24 points so far, just two less than second-placed Chelsea.

With Daniel Sturridge sidelined for up to eight weeks and Philippe Coutinho also out, Liverpool were forced to deploy Victor Moses and Rahem Sterling alongside Luis Suarez, and while both are talented players, neither could provide the same edge the England striker and the Brazilian bring to the table.

“The criticism has to come to the manager,” said Rodgers after the final whistle, before lamenting a shortage of options which, according to him, could hamper his side’s quest for a top four finish, Liverpool’s target for this season.

“The thing for me is trying to maximise the players we have got,” explained the Liverpool manager.

“It’s more about putting it in context when you compare squads, not on money spent.

“For example look at Chelsea, and it’s hard to agree on what is their A team and their B team, probably with Man City too. The point was made in terms of our expectations, which are the same as those clubs, but we don’t have that type of depth.”

However, while Rodgers might look at the wealth at both clubs’ disposal with envy, Liverpool have hardly been thrifty with their expenditure last summer, when they splashed over £50m on players.

Having secured Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge for incredibly small fee in January, Liverpool spent a combined £24m on Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho but while the latter – a £18m arrival from PSG – has impressed since arriving at Anfield, the former is yet to appear for the first team.

Jonjo Shelvey was allowed to join Swansea, while Fabio Borini and Suso went sent out on loan as Rodgers spent £13m on Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, players of great potential but hardly the sort of ready made footballers, whose absence Rodgers is now lamenting.

Furthermore, neither Aspas nor Luis Alberto were a marked improvement from Borini and Suso and one has to wonder why the latter were allowed to go on loan, only for the club to spend money on similar sort of players.

Other clubs – such as Everton, Arsenal and Southampton, for example – have spent less than Liverpool, but have done on so on players who guaranteed an immediate improvement and are now reaping the rewards.

Simon Mignolet has been a successful signing so far, but Liverpool missed out on every single one of their big targets, with Diego Costa choosing to remain at Atletico Madrid, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan deemed Dortmund and the Westfalenstadion more appealing than Anfield and Willian looked to have chosen Spurs, before ending up in West London.

A lack of European football, and of Champions League football in particular, swings the pendulum away from Liverpool when it comes to lure players onto Merseyside but, at the same time, it allows Brendan Rodgers to concentrate solely on the Premier League and on securing that all important fourth spot.

Rodgers and Liverpool have done extremely well so far this season, but were they to miss out on Champions League qualification the former Swansea manager’s recruitment policy could come under scrutiny.

After all, as Rodgers himself said, the manager, more often than not, has to shoulder the criticism.

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  1. Dan says:

    What has Rodgers & The Commitee brought to our club,£45.000.000 Million Pound waisted on Allen Borini Aspas Assaidi & Alberto ( Not 1 has made an impact ) Then they loan SUSO OUT to ALMERA in Spain ( Who is having an AMAZING season ) And Rodgers brings in LAZY ASS Moses ( Who should never EVER wear the shirt Again ) And Cissokho who is well past it ;-( Now Rodgers is saying ” There isn’t any money for transfers in January ( That’s because you’ve waisted all you’ve had on AVERAGE JOES ( Like allen ) Don’t give Rodgers a new contract please,he hasn’t earned it ( TALKS THE TALK,BUT CAN’T ACTUALLY WALK THE WALK )

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