The manager has insisted that the club have to start spending bigger in order to keep up with other potential Champions League contenders this season, having finished in 7th in the Premiership last term.
Liverpool were favourites to sign the 25 year old Willian a mere week ago, though a deal could not be concluded and Willian then went for a medical at Spurs, though he has now taken another dramatic u-turn and looks set to sign for Chelsea.
Speaking about missing out on the Brazilian, and ask whether he believed it was for footballing reasons, Rodgers said:
“No, it wasn’t a football one and I don’t really want to go into it…that’s for us as a club really. The bottom line is he hasn’t come here for whatever reason and we move on.
“We identify the targets and then try and get the deal done financially. That’s how it was. The club has pushed financially as hard as they felt they could but it wasn’t to be. It’s disappointing because this was a player who would have been perfect for us.”
Rodgers went turned his focus onto Liverpool’s finances, and insisted that the Reds would have to spend heavily in order to maintain top four contention:
“I think the owners will spend the money, they are ambitious for the club to progress and get into the Champions League places, and we also know in order to not get left behind you have to spend money.”
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