Rodgers and Liverpool spent more that £100m this summer, after Luis Suarez was sold for a hefty fee to Barcelona. Despite spending such a large sum of money, the Reds are nowhere close to where they want to be as they lie in the ninth place in the table, and have crashed out of the Champions League prematurely.
On the other hand, Manchester United, who finished seventh in the table last season, got a new manager in the summer and also spent a large amount of sum in the summer. Despite another poor beginning to the season, the Red Devils have been impressive with their results of late, and are in the third place in the table courtesy five successive Premier League wins.
“For us at Liverpool we don’t compare to anyone, we look to ourselves and all you can do is make sure you remain solid inside of your work,” Rodgers said, as quoted by talkSPORT.
“There will always be things written on the outside and spoken about by people paid and unpaid to be critics but you can’t really affect that.”
“They [United] have some outstanding players. They had a good squad before that but they have brought in some very good players and got a very experienced manager leading them,” the Reds boss added.
“But my focus is only on the players we were able to get and work with them.”
United’s summer signing included British record player Angel di Maria; Luke Shaw; Anders Herrera among others—all the players who can fit directly in the starting 11 and can make an immediate impact on the team. Liverpool, au contraire, chose to spend money on younger talents ‘for the future’.
Rodgers defended this strategy, but also insisted that Liverpool did try to sign current stars, but were unable to land them.
“That is what the club tried to do.
“It wasn’t for the want of trying that the club looked to do that but we end up with the squad we have and we will improve those players with the staff like we have done over the last couple of years.
“We believe there is talent which has come into here that will grow over the next number of years to show they are top-class talents. Consequently the team will improve,” concluded the Northern Irishman