Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the club’s failure to land their primary transfer targets as the reason for their recent slump in form, ESPN reports.
After the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the Reds were targeting big names such as Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez, but they chose a move to Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.
And the former Swansea boss believes Liverpool needed to work “harder and smarter” in order to lure the best players to Anfield, despite the Reds finishing a close second in the Premier League last season.
“We know what targets we wanted but, for one reason or another, they went elsewhere,” Rodgers said. “We have signed talented young players. Over their time here, whether it is with me or not, they will show they are very good players.
“We were in a great position at the end of last season. We had Champions League football and a way of working. We just have to work harder and smarter to convince these players to come.”
Rodgers claimed the lure of playing in London was difficult to compete with, even if the hierarchy were prepared to offer lucrative deals.
“Players look at where they want to live, the social factors as well as the football,” he added. “If someone gets offered more money to go elsewhere, if they want to go to London, there is not much you can do about it.
“The club has shown its hand that it is prepared to pay the wages for top players. Whether they come is another story.”
Liverpool currently sit 11th on the league table after 11 games of the campaign played.