Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told reporters he would not have let Andy Carroll leave the club had he known the Reds’ bid for Clint Dempsey would fall through.
Carroll joined West Ham on loan for the season on Thursday night, although he can be recalled in January.
Rodgers had expected to tie up a deal for American striker Dempsey, then a Fulham player, the next day, but Tottenham came along with a better offer for Dempsey and Fulham.
The Reds may now look to free agents to bring in to improve the squad and Rodgers expressed some concern for his smaller squad.
He said, “I can’t say no. Any player I believe can improve the squad, I will look at.
“We have a very small group. We had 19 training yesterday. It is something that would have to be discussed.”
Former Reds striker Michael Owen is a free agent, as is, reportedly former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and another ex-Red, Niclas Anelka.