Liverpool signings have killed Brendan Rodgers, says ex-Red

Danny Murphy discusses Liverpool signings under Brendan Rodgers

Danny Murphy believes Brendan Rodgers is paying the price for poor Liverpool signings over the past couple of seasons.

The Northern Irishman has spent almost £200m on new signings following the £75m sale of former PFA player of the year winner Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.

Rodgers’s worst signings include Mario Balotelli in a £16m deal from AC Milan, £25m centre-half Dejan Lovren and £20m signing Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp have been linked with the Liverpool job in recent weeks as speculation grows surrounding Rodgers’s long-term future.

And former Liverpool midfielder Murphy believes the 43-year-old has been forced to settle on some signings by the recruitment panel and club owners.

“I’ve harped on about the recruitment at Liverpool, and it’s killed Brendan at times, really,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I think he’s taken the backlash for the owners and the transfer committee.

“Yes, he has a say, I’m sure he has an influence with certain players, but I’m sure there are other times where he’s told, ‘no you can’t have him’.

“He’s been outspoken in the past of his admiration for Ashley Williams at Swansea, but he wasn’t within Liverpool’s criteria.”Read more at

Liverpool struggled past Carlisle United to book their place in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.

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The Reds are languishing in 13th place in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield last weekend.

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