FOOTBALL: Liverpool's principal owner John Henry appeared to criticise club legend Kenny Dalglish today over the Reds' dire start to the new season.
In an open letter published on the club's official website, Henry spoke of his disappointment at Liverpool's inability to add to their strike force before the close of the summer transfer window.
Yet while lamenting the club's failure to capture Clint Dempsey, who instead joined Tottenham, Henry said that the club's management "are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes," an unsubtle reference to former manager Dalglish who was given significant funds to spend on the likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll.
Adam has left Liverpool now, while Carroll has joined West Ham on a season loan.
Following Sunday's defeat to Arsenal, which confirmed the Reds' worst start to a campaign in 50 years, manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that he would not have let Carroll leave had he not been confident of bringing in a replacement.
That failure has left many Liverpool fans scratching their heads, but Henry said: "I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window.
"But that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved. They pushed hard in the final days of the transfer window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in.
"But a summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future - Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi - could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future."
He added: "Much thought and investment already have gone into developing a self-sustaining pool of youngsters imbued in the club's traditions. That ethos is to win. We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending."