Rodgers concerned by capital gains

November 10, 2014
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Brendan Rodgers has suggested the lure of London has made it difficult for Liverpool to compete with the capital clubs for the major signings.

The Northern Irishman guided the Merseysiders to a second-place finish in the Premier League last season and was expected to build from a position of strength in the summer.

The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona meant an immediate loss of world-class talent and the failure to land the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Yevhen Konoplyanka came as another blow.

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez was another target but he opted to move to Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer and Diego Costa, who rubbed salt into the wound by scoring the winner at Anfield on Saturday for leaders Chelsea to inflict a third straight defeat on Liverpool, quit Atletico Madrid for Stamford Bridge.

Rodgers said supporters had to accept the carrot of playing in the capital meant clubs from outside of London were at a disadvantage.

He told reporters: "As I said the club has done everything it could over the course of the summer to get the players who are going to improve us.

"But players look for more than just football terms. They look at where they want to live, they look at all these social factors and that's something we can't control. If someone gets offered say more money to come here but they want to go elsewhere, they want to go to London, there's not much you can do."

Rodgers said he had no complaints with his raft of summer acquisitions and insisted his club can compete in terms of wages, but suggested they had to be more street-wise when attracting new signings.

"I think the club have shown their hand in terms of they will be prepared to pay the wages of top players, but whether they want to come here is a different matter," the 41-year-old added.

"I think it's where we're at. We need to work harder and smarter again.

"We have brought in a raft of players who can hopefully develop and mould into a way of working and be better in the future."


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