• Premier League

Rodgers regrets letting Carroll depart

Richard Jolly, ESPNFC
September 2, 2012

Brendan Rodgers has said he would not have allowed Andy Carroll to leave Liverpool had he known they would not sign a replacement.

But the Northern Irishman, who failed to sign Clint Dempsey on transfer deadline day when Liverpool could not match Fulham's valuation of the American, denied he had been misled by owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

Asked directly if he would have let Carroll sign on loan for West Ham without another forward coming in he replied: "No."

And when asked how confident he had been that Liverpool would bring in another attacker on Friday, he simply said: "Very."

Rodgers added: "Andy is gone. That's the reality of it. We all know we need reinforcements but the window is shut so we can't do anything about it. We have got what we have got."

Rodgers is disappointed Liverpool were unable to find the funds for Dempsey, who joined Tottenham for £6 million, but refused to criticise FSG.

He added: "It's a learning process for the owners as well. They have come into here and invested way over £100 million into the club.

"They have made a big commitment to have me here for the longer term. The owners have been very up front and very honest with me. There are one or two operational things I need to iron out, no question, but they certainly haven't misled me."

Looking to add to his limited attacking options, Rodgers admitted he would evaluate the possibility of signing former Liverpool striker Michael Owen on a free transfer.

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