John Henry’s letter fails to address transfer window mishap

Monday morning, following a disappointing 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Liverpool owner John W. Henry addressed an open letter to the fans pleading for patience with new manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds have picked up a solitary point in their opening three games this season, a 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City at the end of August.

The poor start to the domestic campaign has seen the Reds boo boys out in force, with #SackRodgers, at any given time, trending on Twitter. Henry understands the fans frustrations and has pleaded for patience from the Anfield faithful, a sentiment that can be reinforced by those in a similar position with a club that has recently appointed a new manager.

However, what Henry failed to address was the immediate concerns following the transfer window closing last week. As has been well documented, Liverpool lost both Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll this summer, while bringing in just Fabio Borini to cover the losses of the aforementioned duo, albeit, the latter only on loan.

Henry claimed that the transfer window was a success for Liverpool, following the high profile acquisitions of Borini, Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin, while tying down both Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez to new, long-term deals. Yet, losing both Carroll and Kuyt without bringing in adequate replacements could have a detrimental effect on the club over the coming months.

Clint Dempsey was heavily linked with a move to Anfield, but the Reds missed out on the former Fulham star on deadline day after failing to agree a fee with the Cottagers for the American. In the end, the 29-year-old signed for Tottenham Hotspur late on Friday and Liverpool were left to rue missing out on another potential target.

Henry insists that he FSG are building for the next 16 years, with the transfer window set to re-open again in 16 weeks times.  However, if they are to improve to re-establish themselves as one of the games top forces, the 16 weeks can’t come quickly enough. Rodgers has a tough task on his hands, that’s a given, but he needs times to wield his magic and imprint his methods on the squad.