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Rodgers happy with owners

Brendan Rodgers has declared that his relationship with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group remains strong despite the transfer deadline day woes that left him short of senior strikers.

• Henry writes to fans

Rodgers sanctioned Andy Carroll's loan move to West Ham last week on the understanding that he would get a replacement forward before the transfer window closed, but attempts to sign Clint Dempsey and Daniel Sturridge fell through, leaving the Liverpool manager with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as his only two striking options.

Principal owner John W Henry issued an open letter explaining the club's transfer policy in a bid to calm fans angered by the lack of incoming forwards.

Rodgers has acknowledged that the transfer window "didn't go to plan" but insists he understands the need to cut costs at Anfield.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I've had long conversations with the owners. I've got to say they have been very honest and very up front right from the off.

"I came here first and foremost because of the owners. I felt a genuine honesty in their approach to it and in how they wanted to go forward with the football club.

"Of course the window didn't quite go to plan but going forward a great deal of learning has taken place. Every manager always wants more players but, the reality of where the club is at, there needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad.

"Some of the wages here were absolutely astronomical in terms of value and worth. That needed to be looked at. I knew there would be a wee bit of pain in the short term but hopefully for the longer term gain.

"We finished up where we were at and now we have got to move forward as a football club and really have the one-club mentality. It's important we all come together, supporters, players and management."

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