Soccer: Liverpool considered Owen, Drogba

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he will be forced to look into signing free agent forwards Michael Owen and Didier Drogba after his club's worst league start for 50 years.

Having allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan, Rodgers expected the club's hierarchy to complete a move for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who had made no secret of his desire to move to Anfield.

However, Liverpool reportedly offered a derisory £3 million for US international Dempsey, who subsequently joined Tottenham for twice that fee, leaving Rodgers perilously short of attacking options for the foreseeable future.

After Liverpool's 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday capped a dispiriting week for Rodgers, the former Swansea boss revealed that he has already had frank conversations with his club's American owners about the manner in which they will conduct transfer business in future.

"I wouldn't have let Andy Carroll go if I had known I had no replacement," Rodgers said. "How confident was I that we would get a replacement? Very.

"We all know we needed reinforcements but the window has shut and we have to concentrate on the players we have here.

"I'm not here to cry, I'm very proud to manage this club and I'll do everything I can to turn it around and make it a success here.

"There is no point me sitting here crying about it, wishing we had or wishing we hadn't (signed players). We've got a good group and I want to help them as much as we can.

"There is no doubt that finances here had to be changed, that was the reality when I came in. It's something we can't do anything about. We have lost nine players and brought in three.

"From a business side the club has done well. What I need to do well for the future now is look after the football business, make sure we help the players that are here."

With Carroll's wages a reported 90,000 pounds a week, his departure from Anfield was a clear cost-cutting exercise by the club's American owners.

Yet former manager Kenny Dalglish was handed around 120 million pounds to invest on a group of seven largely unimpressive signings, while Rodgers had been given far less to spend.

When pushed, Rodgers admitted players such as ex-Liverpool star Owen, now a free agent, or former Chelsea striker Drogba, who is currently in dispute with his Chinese club, could come into consideration.

"Any player I believe can improve the squad I will look at," he said. "We have only got a very small group.

"We had 19 players training yesterday so I probably need to ask questions on that. It's something that would have to be discussed."

- AFP

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