Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been left “frustrated” by FSG’s refusal to pursue a deal for Brazilian winger Willian, according to reports on Saturday.
The Guardian report:
The Liverpool manager was left frustrated by the refusal of Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, to pursue a deal for Willian once Anzhi Makhachkala received an increased offer from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week.
Earlier this week, we explained how Rodgers appeared downbeat after failing to sign Willian – a player of “quality” that he had urged the club to sign.
The Northern Irishman has explained his desire to sign a left-winger, which would then allow key-man Philippe Coutinho in the ‘number 10’ role centrally.
Speaking to The Guardian, Rodgers explained:
“His [Coutinho] ideal position is in the No10 role. Centrally, that’s where I see him playing. That’s why I’m looking to sign someone for the left wing.”
Clearly Willian was a player Rodgers strongly felt could improve the first team – something he has discussed as a desire for the remaining time of the transfer window. ““It’s not really about numbers, it’s about quality” he said last month.
Liverpool have been linked with Fiorentina’s Serbian winger Adem Ljajic since missing out on Willian, the 20 year-old only has a year remaining on his contract but is also reported to be subject of interest from AC Milan.
Potential candidates for a left-winger:
Adem Ljajic – Fiorentina – 21 – Serbian
Yevhen Konoplyanka – Dnipro – 23 – Ukranian
Eric Lamela – Roma – 21 – Argentinian
Iker Muniain – Athletic Bilboa – 20 – Spanish
Victor Moses Chelsea – 22 – Nigerian
Arda Turan – Atletico Madrid – 26 – Turkish
Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle United – 26 – French
Kevin Großkreutz – Borussia Dortmund – 25 – German