Brendan Rodgers must accept fault for Liverpool signings, says Joey Barton
Joey Barton says Liverpool fans are at their wits end with Brendan Rodgers
Joey Barton says Brendan Rodgers must accept responsibility for Liverpool’s poor summer signings.
The Reds are in ninth place in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
They haven’t evolved and are still reliant on Steven Gerrard
And former QPR midfielder Barton pointed out the Liverpool supporters are at their wit’s end following the Merseyside outfit’s poor run.
“Brendan has to take the responsibility as the manager because he had a lot of input into transfers but has come up short,” Barton is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“The reality is he will get time after the freak season they had last season – and make no mistake it was a freak season with having no midweek commitments and one of the best players in the world at the top of his game.
“But how can you sell Luis Suarez and replace him with Mario Balotelli? Brendan knew how big the void was – 30 goals – and no disrespect to Rickie Lambert, but he should not be starting for Liverpool. And as for Balotelli, nobody else would touch him. We probably wouldn’t at QPR.
“Liverpool spent £116m in the summer and you can’t just be a decent side having spent that amount of money. They haven’t evolved and are still reliant on Steven Gerrard.
“I mean, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana didn’t get on the pitch against Basel the other day in a game they had to win… the fans are at their wits end.”