Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised Brendan Rodgers’ summer transfer dealings, blaming his new recruits for Liverpool’s poor start to the season, according MailOnline.
Having gone so close to winning the title last years, Brendan Rodgers’ side find themselves languishing in 14th after defeats to the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and Crystal Palace in their opening 12 games.
But despite claiming Rodgers is still a brilliant manager, Scholes blames the way he went about his business in the summer as the reason he hasn’t been able to replicate last season’s ruthlessness that earned them a 2nd place finish.
He said: “I go back to the signings once again – they weren’t good enough.
“A manager lives and dies by the players he brings in, especially when someone as big as Luis Suarez leaves.
“For instance, the £20m price for Dejan Lovren means that instead of looking like a smart call on a player with potential, he becomes a £20m defender with all the pressure that brings.”
But Scholes admits that last season’s success means Rodgers is under even more pressure to deliver from fans who are craving that elusive first Premier League crown.
“I rate Rodgers as a manager,” he added.
“I liked how his Swansea team played and I think he comes across really well in press conferences. At the moment he looks more stressed out than at any point since he took the job.
“The expectation at Liverpool got out of control last season and now, when the belief from the fans has been that they should take the next step, the team have been unable to do it.”