Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that the club’s owners can justify not backing Brendan Rodgers in the January transfer market thanks to his below par record when it comes to buying players.
With the Reds having made a disappointing start to the season, the Northern Irishman is understood to be ready to bring in new players next month in a bid to steer his side towards a top four finish.
But there have been suggestions that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are reluctant to give him funds, with Rodgers having already overseen a spend of in excess of £200m since his arrival.
Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have been, arguably, his only successful deals, with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic – who cost a combined fee of around £50m – among the contenders for the worst signing of the summer transfer window.
And Nicol believes that such a hot and cold hit-rate means that FSG must have serious doubts about handing him more money:
“If I was John Henry [Liverpool’s owner] I would be very scared to give a lot of money to someone who has shown in the transfer market there have been more misses than hits.” he told talkSPORT.
“Of that £200million he’s spent there have been only two successes – and that’s Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to a certain extent. The other 18-19 players he signed haven’t kicked a ball and that’s a horrible percentage when it comes to signing players.
“So if I’m John Henry I’ve got a really tough decision as to whether I give Rodgers any more money.
“He has to prove last season wasn’t a fluke. Other than [Luis] Suarez, he’s got the same players and is supposed to have added quality. So he has to prove he can get this team playing the sort of football they played last season and give Henry a reason to back him in the transfer market.”