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Brendan Rodgers transfer failings his greatest flaw

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During the 2013/14 Premier League season, Liverpool challenged Manchester City for the Premier League title.

One of the most impressive aspects when analysing that was that it was  Brendan Rodgers' debut season. Regarded as one of the finest British coaches, Rodgers built a fantastic reputation while working at Reading FC - he was then picked up by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and became the Blues' youth manager in 2004.

Rodgers then had a difficult spell as manager of Watford FC but reached greener pastures when he took over at Swansea FC, where he achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the Welsh club's history.

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Rodgers has a fantastic philosophy for his football teams where control of possession and technical ability is the aim. A fantastic man-manager and one who believes in giving the youth of his club's the chance to represent the first team. Now at Liverpool we can see evidence of this.

However, arguably Rodgers' fatal flaw as a manager is his recruitment, evidenced after the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona FC at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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The Liverpool manager made huge gambles with his transfers during the summer window and used the money earned from the Suarez sale to purchase players who have not been of the required standard for the Premier League. Rodgers' purchase of the out-of-favour Mario Balotelli was most shocking of all due to the fact that his then former club AC Milan wanted him out of their team.

Gamble

Balotelli and his discipline issues are known throughout the footballing world and it was a massive gamble for Rodgers to sign him in order to replace Suarez.

Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries this season. Their top striker Daniel Sturridge has a had an injury ridden season and been unable to make any mark due to this. It would seem that Rodgers has come to a cross roads in his Liverpool career. With all the progress that was made in 2013/14 has now come undone as it seems unlikely that they will qualify for the Champions League.

The loss of revenue and status in the European game will be massive and arguably will lead to an inability to attract top targets during the transfer window. Rodgers' team are now six points off fourth place with two games left thus effectively putting an end to their Champions League hopes.

Departure

With the departure of Steven Gerrard at the end of the season Liverpool are losing one of their greatest players; a player who gives the club so much of its identity, is now to be lost. Rodgers will have an incredibly difficult challenge to face in trying to somehow replace the Liverpool legend. It would seem to have been a naive move to let Gerrard leave considering he is still capable of scoring important goals for his team and his experience is unrivalled in the club.

This was proven yet again in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. History would suggest that Rodgers has failed in the transfer window to replace the top players. It is therefore imperative that if Liverpool are to make the Champions League next season that Rodgers addresses the central midfield position which Gerrard has dominated for so many seasons.

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