How Brendan Rodgers' summer signings have cost Liverpool dearly

Liverpool lost more ground in the race for Champions League football on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with West Brom.

What a difference a year makes. This time last season, Liverpool were challenging for their first ever Premier League title, but fast forward 12 months and they are wishing 2014-15 to finish as swiftly as possible.

The Reds have gone backwards this year and after their final chance of a trophy disappeared in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa, any faint hopes of a top four finish went up in smoke after a stalemate with West Brom.

After losing their best player Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer, Brendan Rodgers was given the unenviable task of strengthening the Liverpool squad with that £75million income.

It is safe to say that he failed.

Liverpool's demise is summed up by the fact they scored 101 goals in the Premier League with Suarez and a fully fit Daniel Sturridge playing regularly, compared to this season’s tally of 47. With Sturridge crocked for the majority, Rodgers’ summer signings have not been able to have any sort of impact.

Rickie Lambert’s acquisition did raise some eyebrows at the time and rightly so as he has barely got any game-time for his boyhood club. But the £16million purchase of Mario Balotelli has been most disappointing. The Italian has cut a forlorn figure at times and has constantly frustrated with his lack of end product and poor attitude.

Of Rodgers’ summer purchases, only Emre Can has been any sort of a success. The versatile young German is an excellent talent who has slotted in with ease unlike Dejan Lovren, who has been a liability since his move from Southampton.

The likes of Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno have time on their side but do not look like players that will help you challenge for titles. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Adam Lallana is at his peak and appears to be out of his depth in a top six side.

We can beat around the bush all we want but all Liverpool’s problems come back to Rodgers.

His summer acquisitions were atrocious, especially in the striking area of the field and Liverpool must decide whether he can be trusted with that sort of money again this summer. With Jurgen Klopp leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, the pressure is building on Rodgers.

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