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Carragher hits out at owners for poor timing of boss's dismissal

Published 05/10/2015 | 02:30

Carragher: Criticised owners
Carragher: Criticised owners

Liverpool spent nearly £300m under Brendan Rodgers, recouping £200m. A manager usually stands or falls by his recruitment, but there were more failures than successes. It was never clear, however, how much influence Rodgers had over purchases.

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Jamie Carragher last night criticised the owners of Liverpool for their handling of Brendan Rodgers' sacking, saying the decision-making of Fenway Sports Group is "miles off" where it should be.

The former Liverpool vice-captain said Rodgers had been fortunate to keep his job in the summer, but that the timing was all wrong to let him go now. "It hasn't gone well for [Rodgers] this season," said Carragher on Sky Sports.

"He needed to make a good start because maybe he was fortunate in terms of staying on at the end of last season. His staff moved on and new staff came in. He spent £70m-80m, and then seven games later, Liverpool are changing their manager. That's what I don't like. Just do it in the summer, if that's the situation.

"They finished poorly last season, he will have known himself that he would have to make a big start and he hasn't, and that's where the pressure comes from. So [the owners FSG] have made a decision now, but at this moment, their track record in making decisions for Liverpool Football Club over the past two or three years has not been good enough. It's miles off.

"But the situation that Liverpool players find themselves in now.. it's not just for Brendan, this has been going on for a very long time. Even when I was there. We talk about how long Arsenal have gone without trophies, Liverpool have won one Carling Cup in 10 years.

"Now Liverpool are becoming Tottenham.

"Think they're a big club, but the real big clubs are not too worried about them, who they buy, what they're going to do. That's the situation it's become for Liverpool.

"Even when I was there towards the end, I'm not just blaming Brendan Rodgers and this set of players. What are these owners of the club going to do to get Liverpool back where they need to be, which is consistently in the Champions League and challenging for trophies. Because at this moment, we're becoming a team who think we're a big club, but we're not."

Rodgers' best and worst signings at Liverpool

Liverpool spent nearly £300m under Brendan Rodgers, recouping £200m. A manager usually stands or falls by his recruitment, but there were more failures than successes. It was never clear, however, how much influence Rodgers had over purchases.

Best

Philippe Coutinho £8.5m (Inter Milan, Jan 2013)

Daniel Sturridge £12m (Chelsea, Jan 2013)

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton, £12.5m, July 2015)

Worst

Mario Balotelli £16m (Milan, August 2014)

Lazar Markovic £19m (Benfica, July 2014)

Tiago Llori £7m (Sporting Lisbon, Sept 2013)

Mamadou Sakho £15m (PSG, Sept 2013)

Dejan Lovren £20m (Southampton, July 2014)

Rickie Lambert £4.5m (Southampton, June 2014)

Iago Aspas £7m (Celta Vigo, June 2013)

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