Brendan Rodgers has attempted to explain why he decided to invest £32.5million of Liverpool's money on Christian Benteke last summer.
The striker has struggled to embed himself since arriving from Aston Villa, scoring six goals in 18 Premier League appearances. More worryingly, he has found himself on the bench more often than not under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
Now, Liverpool fans are starting to question whether or not it was wise to invest such a big fee in the Belgian and, naturally, are starting to point the blame at their former manager.
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But Rodgers has come out fighting, insisting that Liverpool were short of goals and he believed Benteke could provide them. He also believes culture is playing a big part in the questions being raised.
Finally, he has backed Benteke to succeed at Anfield and reminded those questioning whether he can thrive under Klopp that the German actually tried to sign the striker when he was the manager of Borussia Dortmund.
Give him time
“I took him to Liverpool in the summer because we were really short on goals and the one thing he does give you is goals, but obviously it’s going to take him time to get up to the way the team wants to play and Jürgen wants to press,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“I think Jürgen will take his time with him,” he added. “In this country, now, everything is very ‘short-termism’, isn’t it? People look at it like, you’ve got to come in, get 20 goals in your first season or you might be deemed a failure.
“I don’t think Jürgen’s looking at it as that. He tried to sign him for Dortmund. He knows he’s a good player. He met the boy, he met the agent, he met them in Germany, so he knows he’s a good player.”
Ultimately, Liverpool's transfer committee should once again come into question if Benteke's time on Merseyside proves unfruitful. They have been guilty of so-called 'panic buying' in the recent past, most infamously in their £16m purchase of Mario Balotelli.
It is all too easy to point the finger at Rodgers, but it has been made clear that transfer decisions at Liverpool were not his to make, only to contribute to. While Rodgers has lost his job, the other members of the notorious transfer committee remain on the payroll. So much for collective responsibility.
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