Liverpool paying for frugal transfer policy after Fabio Borini blow
Sharethematch.com takes a look at how Liverpool were foolish to allow Andy Carroll to leave and not sign a replacement
Borini injury leaves Liverpool on one foot
It was a bit much for Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group not to expect that at least one if not both of their two strikers might get injured this season – and their frugal transfer policy looks set to bite them with Fabio Borini breaking his foot.
The Italian suffered the injury on international duty with Italy’s Under-21 side while preparing for their Euro 2013 play-off with Sweden in Pescara, and it is feared he could be out for months.
That leaves Brendan Rodgers with Luis Suárez as his only recognised striker, and now more than ever, the decision to let Andy Carroll leave Anfield for West Ham on a season-long loan will be questioned.
Even more foolish was John Henry’s refusal to pay £6m for Clint Dempsey on deadline day after letting Carroll go – the American could turn out to be one of the bargains of the summer for Spurs.
Fair enough, Borini has hardly set the world alight since his move from Roma, but the 21-year-old’s absence will leave Rodgers severely lacking in options up front.
They are already struggling for goals, and it looks like Liverpool’s nightmare start to the season could be about to get worse.
Rodgers’ envelope trick won’t inspire Liverpool
Rodgers is apparently using an old Sir Alex Ferguson mind game to reinvigorate his misfiring Liverpool side – a desperate act.
By all accounts the gimmick involves the Ulsterman putting three names into an envelope and telling his assembled players, “One of the three names in here will let us down.”
The idea is, the players work hard to ensure that over the course of the season Rodgers does not change his mind and put their name in it.
Ferguson apparently used this ploy in 1993 to keep his Manchester United side grounded after their first title triumph. Judging by their Premier League record since, it’s worked pretty well for United.
But what Rodgers seems to be missing is that pretty much all of his players will let him down this season, for the simple reason that most of them aren’t all that good.
Ferguson later admitted the envelopes had been empty all along – but Rodgers could easily come up with three.
Whether it is the under-performing Stewart Downing, the perennially out-of-position Glen Johnson or the fumbling Pepe Reina, mistakes at Liverpool are not hard to come by.