Rodgers frustrated as Liverpool fail to sign Dempsey or Sturridge

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tried in vain to bring in either Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey or Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge before the transfer window closed, the Independent has reported.

The failure to land either player, the newspaper continues, means more pressure on the shoulders of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan forward scored against Hearts in the Europa League in midweek and now needs to become more prolific to shoulder the burden, the Independent adds, particularly as Andy Carroll was allowed to join West Ham on loan.

Rodgers was intent on signing a forward before the deadline closed and had made Clint Dempsey his No. 1 target, but when the club’s owner, John W. Henry, refused to meet Fulham’s demands Rodgers had to back away from the deal, allowing the United States international to move to Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Sturridge, meanwhile, was spoken of as a loan target for Liverpool but Chelsea were only interested in a permanent transfer. The England international’s presence on the substitutes’ bench for Chelsea in their European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid suggested a move was unlikely, and so it proved.

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