After defeat to Oldham Athletic at the weekend more questions arise about the limitations of the recovering team in Merseyside (For perhaps the first time in football I’m speaking of Liverpool).
Rodgers’ explanation into the lackluster performance concluded:
Its not complacency. I’ve got good lads here. It’s about strength in depth. We have not got enough depth here. We are trying to build a squad to compete.”
Some would say fair enough, considering Brendan’s long term goals for the club, and the mess Dalglish left for the ex-Swansea boss to clean up. But this excuse doesn’t hold true against a struggling League One side. So what’s gone so wrong at Anfield?
Despite a so called decline in financial backing from owner John Henry, Rodgers has still enlisted a number of expensive recruits: £15m on Joe Allen, and particularly £10.5m on Fabio Borini. A further £12m spent on Sturridge and £8.5m for the future purchase of Philippe Coutinho this culminates in an output of £46m under the ex-Swansea boss. And yet despite showing elements of shimmering form, surely there should be enough quality to rectify his ‘lack of depth’.
The most outrageous wastage of footballing expenditure in history over the last year has left Liverpool in an awkward situation. Overspending has gifted the reds a severe lack of quality, and a squad bereft of players willing to ‘take the game by the scruff of the neck’.
The attitude personified by players like Suarez and Gerrard is undeniably missing from the majority of the squad. This emptiness has led to bizarre performances given from the likes of Villa and Oldham, which exemplifies the lack of spirit currently constituting to frustrating inconsistency.
Nowadays, a betting slip with Liverpool’s name on it doesn’t exude any sort of sustained confidence. I feel a need for some Newcastle United type transfer nous is required to develop some sort of unified squad capable of at least providing an element of security to your hopeful punter.
I’m a fan of Rodgers, a fan of the club, but I don’t see future success coming to Liverpool any time soon.