Writing for Yahoo, in his eurosport column, Paul Parker has hammered Brendan Rodgers’ transfer policy and dubbed former Southampton star Adam Lallana as his only good buy from last season.
The former Manchester United and England defender described the transfer policy in the wake of Luis Suarez’s exit as a ‘disaster’ and despite the transfer committee shouldering the blame, believes the buck stops with Rodgers.
Nevertheless, Parker did praise the signing of Lallana, who he thinks has become a scapegoat under Rodgers, but said he was the only one to emerge with any kind of credit.
‘’The only player who has been a success last season was Adam Lallana,’’ claimed the 51-year-old. ‘’However, he appears to be some sort of scapegoat – every time Liverpool are not playing well, Rodgers substitutes him off.
‘’Emre Can has received his fair share of plaudits but he has been played out of position in defence and has cost them goals on more than one occasion. He was signed as a central midfield player but Rodgers doesn’t want to play him there.
‘’I won’t even name the others players who failed.’’
Has Lallana been Liverpool’s only successful signing over the past 12 months?
Over the course of the season, Rodgers signed nine players, with eight on permanent deals, costing over £100 million, and one – Javi Manquillo from Atletico Madrid – on loan.
Although most have age on their side, it’s fair to say none have really improved Liverpool and all have very little to be happy about following their debut season at the club.
Lallana may well be the pick of the bunch, however, for £25million (per the BBC), the supporters will have been hoping for much, much more from him.
Niggling injuries won’t have helped, along with poor form from the more senior players, but all will need to improve dramatically over the summer not to be seen as flops.