The first tiny cracks may be appearing at Anfield

The board at Liverpool has refused to sanction a bid for Ashley Williams, creating the first tiny crack between Brendan Rodgers and the owners.

The reason Brendan Rodgers has done so well during his limited time at Liverpool is because he’s quickly got to grips with a very difficult situation.

He’s the perfect manager for the club in terms of bringing through the youngsters and striking that balance between what Liverpool are capable of doing in the transfer market and what they already have.

He seems to understand the restrictions the club is facing in terms of trying to break even and maintaining a socialist wage structure with all current and future signings.

Therefore, it’s reasonable to suggest that Rodgers is working under a lot of pressure at Anfield, which is now only going to increase following the first real problem between himself and the owners.

John Henry seems very intent on creating a sustainable and productive business model, which is fine but the first example of defiance has just been created through the club’s refusal to sanction a £12 million bid for Ashley Williams.

The defender was a big player for Rodgers during his time at Swansea City but Liverpool seem reluctant to pay over the odds for a defender, who will soon be 30-years-old with no real long term career at the club.

It’s an understandable point on the board considering managing director Ian Ayre revealed in comments earlier in the season, that he found it difficult to see Liverpool paying big money for anyone over the age of 23-years-old.

It’s a reasonable stance to have but the point is it’s the first time since Rodgers has been at the club, that he’s seemingly been defied in a very open and public way.

It’s also a little strange considering so far in the transfer market, he has been backed by the board in terms of the players he’s gone out and asked for; Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan, not to mention the £15 million signing of Joe Allen.

Rodgers badly needs to inject some experience into the side which is going to be lost through the imminent retirement of Jamie Carragher.

That seems to be the reason he’s trying to go after Williams, who now has Premier League experience under his belt which makes him a good potential signing for any of the big Premier League sides.

There’s not a lot wrong with Liverpool at the moment. Their academy is arguably the best in the country and they have a boss who stands a great chance of pulling a European finish out of the bag when bottom half of the table looked more realistic earlier in the season.

That makes it all the more important for the board to give him what he wants when he asks for his next signing, he just has to make sure that player isn’t nearly 30-years-old and doesn’t play for Swansea.

Williams is now seemingly free to organise a move to the Emirates Stadium, if Arsenal want to fork out for him.

Has Rodgers been treated unfairly or is this a fair stance for the club to take?

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