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FSG: Failure of “recommended” signings led to Brendan Rodgers’ sacking

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The decision to sack Brendan Rodgers was based on a lack of progress after making big-money signings, Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner has revealed.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers taking notes during the Premier League match against Norwich City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After spending over £75 million on seven players over the summer, a lack of progress made saw Rodgers receive his marching orders, Werner has claimed.

The Fenway Sports Group figurehead oversaw an in-depth end-of-season review this summer, resulting in significant backing of the ill-fated Ulsterman, who was given carte blanche to recruit his “recommended” signings.

But the failure to produce a successful side in the early stages of the season, despite big-money arrivals such as Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, saw FSG lose patience with Rodgers.

“When we appointed Brendan we thought he was going to be the right manager for Liverpool,” Werner told the Guardian following the appointment of Jürgen Klopp.

“Obviously we now feel that we have got the world-class manager and beyond that there is not much more I would like to say.

“We gave Brendan, as you know, an opportunity to see if we could improve this season.

“There was some very good football last season and some not so good football.

“There were some challenges that dealt with injuries, we brought in some new players that Brendan recommended that we thought would take us forward.

“We are where we are. I don’t want to say too much.

“Brendan is an outstanding manager and we decided to move in a different direction and I am very optimistic.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester United during the Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The decision to dismiss Rodgers after considerable backing in the transfer market and just eight games into the Premier League season has been criticised by some sections of the Liverpool support.

But the arrival of Klopp brings a new-found optimism to Merseyside.

Many of Rodgers’ signings this summer should adapt well to Klopp’s tactical demands, with James Milner, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne particularly suited to his style of play.

Werner’s testimony further underlines Rodgers’ major flaw during his time in the Anfield dugout: a dismal judgment of quality in the transfer market.

FSG will look to learn from Rodgers’ mistakes as they embark on a bright future alongside Klopp.

The German’s comfort within a collegiate recruitment setup particularly suits FSG, with their relenting to Rodgers’ judgment hampering progress over the last three seasons.

Werner has noted the pitfalls of this approach, and can now look forward to a more streamlined approach in the future.

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