Liverpool FC: Grading Brendan Rodgers' Performance During the Transfer Season

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Liverpool FC: Grading Brendan Rodgers' Performance During the Transfer Season
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Liverpool’s transfer expenditure for the summer totals up to a modest figure.

This outlines a totally different stance—as opposed to the one under Kenny Dalglish a year ago—adopted by the Merseyside club, as new man at helm Brendan Rodgers looks to curb financial losses from ill-advised transfer dealings.

The Reds’ only acquisition since the transfer gates swung wide open has been that of Fabio Borini—previously of AS Roma—who moved for a figure believed to be in the £10–£11 million range.

Comparatively, Chelsea FC spent a record sum to land Eden Hazard alone. Together with Marko Marin and speculated targets Oscar, Willian and Hulk to name a few, Abramovich is well on course to stun us all with a record setting transfer expenditure bill.

Even Arsene Wenger—a man who redefined the term ‘Smart Buy’—chose to spend a lump sum for the acquisition of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

In other words, Rodgers has opted to fly under the radar rather than going out of his way to make explosive signings to benefit a team that is looking to recover from its mid-table dilemmas.

Since Rodgers’ only acquisition to date has been that of Borini, grading his transfer performance on that would mean sacrificing a bit of logic.

But it gains a whole lot of meaning if speculation based deals and the ones that Rodgers lost out on are included.

Click on over the next few slides to see if Rodgers’ transfer performance has been up to the mark.

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