Date: 2nd September 2012 at 7:15pm
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has acknowledged he wanted to bring in further new players before the transfer window closed on Friday night…

Liverpool’s dealings, or lack there of, during the recent transfer window have come in for strong criticism from fans and pundits alike and boss Brendan Rodgers admitted he wanted additional players but unfortunately it was not to be.

Speaking at his post-match press conference following Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal, Rodgers replied: “It’s something that’s gone now.

“We all know we needed reinforcements and the players needed help, but the window is shut, we can’t do anything about it now.

“My only concentration is with the players that are here, and they’ve been fantastic. They’ve given me absolutely everything every day and I couldn’t ask for any more from them.

“We’ve got what we’ve got. A lot of young players are going to get an opportunity.”

Despite a host of first team squad players leaving either permanently or on loan the Reds only bought in four new front line players during the summer window in the shape of Fabio Borini, Joe Allen, Oussama Assaidi and loan signing Nuri Sahin.

Contrastingly Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Aquilani, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing were amongst those to depart, leaving a seemingly small and unbalanced squad for Rodgers to work with.

Especially worrying is the lack of attacking options available with Borini and Luis Suarez the only two recognisable strikers to call upon as deadline day moves for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey and Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea faltered.

“I’m not here to cry. I can’t do anything about it. The reality is we’ve got the group we’ve got,” continued Rodgers in quotes published by Liverpoolfc.com.

“I am very proud to manage this club and I want to fight to keep us improving and moving forward.

“My fight to keep the supporters proud and keep the great name of Liverpool going forward is something that I’ve made my life.

“What has happened has happened, we’ll reflect on it as a club and hopefully come January and the next window we can transition the group that allows us to compete.”

German striking prospect Samed Yesil also signed for Liverpool but he is not expected to progress beyond the youth teams for at least a couple of seasons meaning local 18-year-old Adam Morgan could feature regularly going forward.

There are however a few players, including former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, who are unattached to a club at this time and can therefore be signed outside of the window.

When asked if this could be an option Rodgers replied: “Any player I believe can improve the squad I will look at. We’ve got a very small group, 19 players training yesterday morning, and some very young players in and amongst that. I can’t say no, I always have to look and see where we can improve the group.”

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