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Rodgers: We'll learn from Dempsey fiasco

December 14, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will be better prepared for the January transfer market after learning lessons over the Clint Dempsey controversy.

Clint Dempsey
PA PhotosLiverpool's failed pursuit of Clint Dempsey caused problems for the club

Rodgers lost out to Tottenham in the chase to sign United States international Dempsey from Fulham at the end of August. The affair left Liverpool’s manager short of senior forwards, having allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on a season’s loan on the understanding that he would be able to bring in another striker.

It also soured relations with Fulham, who made an official complaint to the Premier League regarding Liverpool’s pursuit of Dempsey.

Chairman Tom Werner hinted at an interest in taking the 29-year-old to Anfield in May, and a website run by club owners Fenway Sports Group mistakenly published a story under a headline that suggested a deal was completed, while Rodgers praised the striker publicly.

Fulham dropped their complaint this week after chairman Mohamed Al Fayed received a personal apology from Werner.

Asked if their failure to sign Dempsey in August had proved costly for Liverpool, Rodgers said: “No, not at all. That’s something the club have been dealing with and there’s ongoing communication there, so there’s nothing for me to add to it from a managerial perspective.

“Clint’s a Tottenham player and I’m sure they’re very glad to have got him but we’ve moved on. As a football club, we’ve learned from the experience, we’ve all moved on, and we’re looking forward to continuing our good form.

“And when January comes, whatever experiences we’ve had then, we’ll be better for them.”