Liverpool owners won’t buy Premier League success, warns Brad Jones

Liverpool's Brad Jones backs the club's rebuilding policy, warning supporters that Fenway Sports Group won't buy sucess

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John Henry took over Liverpool in October 2010 Photo: Webjedi, via Wikimedia

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Brad Jones has issued his backing for the Liverpool owners’ rebuilding policy, warning the club’s supporters that the Reds won’t buy their way to Premier League success.

Fenway Sports Group, co-owned by John Henry and Tom Werner, are not expected to hand Brendan Rodgers a big transfer budget this summer after the Reds boss spent beyond £50m since succeeding Kenny Dalglish last May.

Under Dalglish, Liverpool coughed up big fees for Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson following the £50m sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea in 2011.

But second-choice goalkeeper Jones expects the Liverpool owners to take a more measured approach to future transfer windows, with the shot-stopper pleased with the progress made this term.

“It is difficult to say [how much ground we have to make up],” said Jones, speaking at an event for charity Anthony Nolan.

“The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have spent unbelievable amounts of money. Liverpool haven’t necessarily done that.

“It was documented a couple of years ago when the new owners came in and spent a fair bit in one go but you have to remember £50m of that came in from Fernando Torres.

“If you ask the teams that have, shall we say, ‘bought’ a winning team I don’t think their fans will care because they have won something.

“But if you get to the top from building I think the fans grow with the team.

“The club aren’t trying to go out and buy the league in one season.

“The owners are quite clever, they have seen it in other sports. For them it is a slow process, it is not going to happen overnight.

“I think they will be happy with what they have seen this season and obviously they will want it to move forward and make that next step and hopefully that will be next season.

“That is the direction we’re going in and it is a good place to be.”

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