Brendan Rodgers has vowed that Liverpool will keep on spending in the transfer market and insisted Sanchez’s move to Arsenal was because of where he and his family preferred to live.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted he’ll keep on spending this summer as Liverpool summer transfer business could well exceed £100million for the first time in the club’s history. The Northern Irishman has already spent around £57million in the market with the acquisition of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic but is far from finished.
Rodgers was told last season that he would be getting around a £60million war-chest, excluding money from sales made in the summer. The concluded deals were all planned for before Luis Suarez departed the club for a record £75million move and owners FSG have stated that the entire cash garnered from the sale of the Uruguayan would be given to the Liverpool boss to invest and strengthen the side for next season.
“The signings we have made have no relation to Luis going, absolutely – these were players that were always earmarked to come in,” Rodgers confirmed.
“We felt last year we just never had the depth and we are in the Champions League this year so we have to ensure we have as strong a squad as possible.
“Obviously Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in. But we certainly won’t spend just for the sake of spending. It has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us.”
When asked about Alexis Sanchez, who opted to join Arsenal despite Liverpool matching Barcelona’s £35million valuation, Rodgers’ insisted that his move to the Gunners was due to the location of the club and insisted it was not because of Liverpool’s inability to attract top talents.
“I don’t think so ” he added.
“That was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go – simple as that.
It’s been the other way. Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as a club and really excited about coming to Liverpool. It wasn’t due to a lack of ambition by the club. It was about where the player and his family wanted to choose to live. He’s a fantastic player and would have suited us. His profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on.”
Rodgers’ spoke about the goal-scoring responsibilities and reiterated the fact that the club was not over-reliant of Suarez and Liverpool would again have to work as a team.
“In the times Daniel has played up there without Luis he has shown his qualities But the onus is not really on one player, the strength of us has been the team.
“When I came in people talked about how Luis didn’t score regularly, how he didn’t get enough opportunities or take them. In the last two years we’ve proved with the number of chances we create you can get goals. But it is not just about him. We scored 101 goals last season and he got 31 of them.We have goals all across the team and will bring in players we think can assist with making them.”