Brendan Rodgers to blame for Liverpool signings, says Arsenal legend
Former Arsenal midfielder discusses the Liverpool manager's summer signings
Brendan Rodgers must accept partial blame for Liverpool’s poor signings over the past 24 months, according to Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas.
The Reds limped past Carlisle United in the League Cup third round at Anfield on Wednesday night after a 5-3 penalty shootout victory.
Unfortunately Brendan’s replacements so far have been pretty average
Liverpool have failed to secure a win in 90 minutes in their last six outings in all competitions, heaping pressure on manager Rodgers.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes the Reds boss has failed to fill the voids left by Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard with quality replacements.
“Partly he is responsible because he must replace these people when he knows they are leaving. You can replace them with a different player but you have to identify what your style is,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Suarez’s style was non-stop action; when he didn’t have the ball he would chase and hunt you down. You can’t buy the perfect replacement for him but you need to buy something similar or you need to transfer your style, just transform it a little touch.
“Can they get the real top players? [Alexis] Sanchez wanted to go to London to join Arsenal, suddenly [Raheem] Sterling goes to Manchester City. The players that Liverpool identified before are not really as keen to come to Liverpool as they always have been in the past.
“So what are they going to do? They don’t have the big money anymore, they need Champions League football to build that big money.
“It would be wrong of the football club not to identity that players should be brought in as soon as they know there is a weakness or somebody potentially is leaving and that is part of the manager’s duties – not them all, because owners have big say in it now – but unfortunately Brendan’s replacements so far have been pretty average.”
Rodgers signed James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan on free transfers in the summer window.
The Northern Irishman made Christian Benteke the club’s second-most expensive of all-time after he signed the striker in a £32.5m deal from Aston Villa.
The Liverpool boss also landed Roberto Firmino in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim and signed Nathaniel Clyne in an £11.5m deal from Southampton.
Joe Gomez also joined in a £5m deal from Charlton Athletic.