Frustrating day for Liverpool

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 1:17 BST

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers failed in his bid to bring in late additions to his squad as transfer deadline day passed without incoming activity.

Brendan Rodgers: Couldn't boost his squad

The Reds had been linked with a number of players, most strongly Clint Dempsey, but no deals materialised before the 11pm deadline.

Rodgers had said earlier in the day he was "hopeful" of making additions but the only major confirmed movements at the club saw midfielders Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing head out of Anfield.

After also allowing club record £35million signing Andy Carroll join West Ham on a season-long loan on Thursday, Rodgers had been targeting another striker.

The club had been involved in a protracted pursuit of United States international Dempsey from Fulham but any hope of a deal collapsed and the forward ended the day a Tottenham player.

Other players including Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge were linked but nothing came to fruition.

Rodgers is likely to be disappointed given his remarks in the afternoon when he addressed media to preview Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Rodgers said: "We're hopeful. There are obviously a lot of people upstairs who are doing a lot of great work and working very, very hard.

"Let's hope by the time it shuts later on that we've got some reinforcements.

"There are a number of players we're enquiring about. There is no doubt we need to add goals to the team. That was always an objective when I first came in.

"If we can get recognised goalscorers to come in, that's the objective.

"There'll be hopefully one or two coming in."

Dempsey was thought to be keen to join the Reds and rejected the chance to join Villa after they agreed a fee with Fulham.

But Liverpool were themselves unable to agree a suitable price with Fulham - who accused the Merseysiders of tapping up the player last week - and Spurs nipped in.

Scotland international Adam, 26, joined Stoke on a permanent deal after finding himself surplus to requirements while Spearing, 23, moved to Bolton on a season-long loan.

Another player to leave was 21-year-old striker Nathan Eccleston, who made a permanent switch to Blackpool.