Report: Rodgers frustrated Liverpool committee stopped purchase of fifth Southampton player

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was thwarted in his plan to bring in further defenders from Southampton and Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool boss at the weekend after owners FSG decided to move in a new direction.

Rodgers came close to winning the league in 2013/14 but after Luis Suarez was sold he failed to get the players bought with the proceeds to click.

Part of the criticism Rodgers faced was that he could not attract big enough names to the club, and preferred to buy players from clubs who had finished below Liverpool in the league, with repeated raids on Southampton.

He did this in conjunction with a six-man transfer committee at Liverpool, which The Mail report blocked moves for two defenders Rodgers wanted to sign, due to the fact they were over 24.

It is claimed Rodgers was frustrated moves were not sanctioned for Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, and Swansea City's Ashley Williams, who he used to manage.

Both players likely would have improved Liverpool's often leaky defence, and probably would have been better individually and combined than Dejan Lovren.

Rodgers bought four players from Southampton during his stint as Liverpool boss, and one from Swansea, Joe Allen, plus a former loanee at Liberty Stadium, Fabio Borini.

Bertrand has been one of the more impressive performers for Southampton, but what remains unclear is if like former teammate Clyne has had to, he would have been suited to playing at wing-back under Rodgers.

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