Rodgers denies rift with Liverpool owners over transfers

The Northern Irishman has insisted that his relationship with Fenway Sports Group remains good, despite their failure to capture Clint Dempsey on deadline day
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the club's failure to land any of their transfer deadline day targets has not caused a rift between himself and owners Fenway Sports Group.

The Northern Irishman revealed earlier this week that he was only originally willing to loan Andy Carroll to West Ham for the season on the understanding that his squad would be boosted by arrivals.

However, following the striker's departure, the Reds' American owners were unwilling to budge over Fulham's asking price for Clint Dempsey before the forward sealed a late move to Tottenham.

Despite that late blow, the 39-year-old insisted his relationship with principal owners John Henry and Tom Werner remains cordial.

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"I've had long conversations with the owners," Rodgers told the Anfield Wrap. "I've got to say they have been very honest and very up front right from the off.

"I came here first and foremost because of the owners. I felt a genuine honesty in their approach to it and in how they wanted to go forward with the football club.

"Of course the window didn't quite go to plan but going forward a great deal of learning has taken place."

Though Liverpool brought in just three first team players over the summer, Rodgers expressed his belief that the club were right to relieve the squad of its highest earners.

"Every manager always wants more players. But the reality of where the club is at there needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad," he added.

"Some of the wages here were absolutely astronomical in terms of value and worth. That needed to be looked at."

With a tough schedule due for Rodgers' men after the international break, the manager has called on his players to "man-up" and work together until January comes.

"We're in a position where we've got 25 games minimum between now and January so we're going to be stretched to the limit," said Rodgers.

"I've spoken to the players and if they get little niggles they have to man up. We have to all come together and be strong."