Liverpool’s summer signings have so far failed to have the desired effect.
The Anfield outfit went on a summer spending splurge, splashing out on more than £115 million and bringing in eight new faces.
It was a necessity as boss Rodgers attempted to bulk up a squad which had to deal with the heavy demands of another Premier League title chase and a Champions League campaign.
Unfortunately, the gamble has proven to be futile as a number of poor performances has seen the club crash out of Europe’s number one competition and struggle in the league, currently lying in ninth spot.
With the absence of the sold Luis Suarez and the injured Daniel Sturridge, goals have been hard to come by and that previous relentlessness vanished – a massive turnaround from last season.
This season, a real lack of quality is evident and one can only question why the Reds didn’t attempt to attract world class signings such as Marco Reus or Ezequiel Garay – or did they?
Speaking ahead of a Manchester United side comprising of renowned signings Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Rodgers revealed he tried to bring in better quality player players.
"That's what the club tried to do and looked to do,” Rodgers admitted to The Liverpool echo. “We believe talent has come in here which will grow in the next few years.
“It wasn't for the want of trying that the club looked to do that but we have what we have.”
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on the back of a 1-1 draw to Basel and subsequent Champions League exit at the hands of their Swiss opponents.
United, in contrast, go into the match sporting a five-game winning run and a place in the Premier League’s top four.