Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Liverpool Chief Tries to Calm Fans' Fury over Transfer Policy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Liverpool Chief Tries to Calm Fans' Fury over Transfer Policy

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Byline: Marco Giacomelli

LIVERPOOL'S principal owner John Henry today took the extraordinary step of releasing a letter to fans defending the club's transfer strategy after botched dealings left them short in attack.

Last Thursday -- a day before the transfer window closed -- Brendan Rodgers offloaded Andy Carroll to West Ham on loan so he could bring in a replacement more suited to his style of play.

However, the deadline passed without any new arrivals, leaving Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini and rookie Adam Morgan as the only options in attack.

Manager Rodgers admitted he only loaned Carroll because he was confident of getting someone in and anger among fans intensified following yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

But in an open letter published on the club's website Henry said: "I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this transfer window. But that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved.

"They pushed hard in the final days of the window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in.

"But a summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future -- Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi -- could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.

"No one should minimise the importance of keeping our best players during this window. We successfully retained Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez."

Having allowed previous boss Kenny Dalglish to spend so much -- deals included [pounds sterling]35m for Carroll and [pounds sterling]20m for Stuart Downing -- there is a suspicion among fans that the owners, Fenway Sports Group, are being especially careful with the money. …

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