Liverpool Transfer News: No New Signings Spells UCL Disaster for Brendan Rodgers

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IFebruary 1, 2014

Brendan Rodgers needs to lift the club again after a hugely disappointing transfer window.
Brendan Rodgers needs to lift the club again after a hugely disappointing transfer window.Clint Hughes/Associated Press

It's a fairly safe bet that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to be a happy man this morning.

An expected transfer window signing or two failed to materialise, and the impetus that such deals tends to bring to all aspects of a football club mid-season has now gone.

Supporters might well ask why deals for their two top targetsMohamed Salah and Yevlen Konoplyankacould not be completed.

Why has Mohamed Salah chosen to be a squad player at Chelsea rather than first choice at Liverpool?
Why has Mohamed Salah chosen to be a squad player at Chelsea rather than first choice at Liverpool?EuroFootball/Getty Images

In the case of Konoplyanka, why did chief executive Ian Ayre travel to Ukraine to tie up the loose ends, only to return with his tail between his legs?

How do you begin to explain why a player (Salah) who will slot straight into your side has chosen a club where he will, initially, just pad out the squad? 

They are perfectly legitimate questions—and Fenway Sports Group are duty-bound to provide some answers. 

Fans have already taken to Twitter to express their ire:

The extent of Liverpool's activity during this window is as follows (all outgoing transfers): Adam Morgan (Yeovil, free), Tiago Ilori (Granada, loan), Craig Roddan (Accrington Stanley, loan), Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley, loan), Michael Ngoo (Walsall, loan).

With the greatest of respect to those named, this is hardly the type of business for a club vying for European qualification.

Rodgers has often noted how the club are continuing to move in the right direction; however, if they want to be considered as serious contenders for Champions League qualification, then the lack of top-level transfer activity in this window may well come back to haunt them.

Ex-Liverpool stalwart Dietmar Hamann, via his Twitter account, doesn't believe the board should be criticised, however:

It's a view that is perhaps only to be expected of someone previously on the payroll at the club but is blinkered and rose-tinted.

After all, it seems fairly obvious that the manager has identified a definitive weakness on the right side of the attack.

Raheem Sterling is not producing anything like his best form at present (according to whoscored.com) and Victor Moses appears a far-from-able deputy.

The loss of two potential world-class replacements is a huge blow to the Reds' UCL aspirations.

The club had been buzzing after a crushing win in the Merseyside derby but will now need Rodgers' powers of motivation to lift them once more.