Benitez wanted fourth summer signing at Liverpool
2009-10-20 - Added by
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has admitted that he wanted to bring another new face to Anfield during the summer, but the player in question was seemingly unavailable.
The Spaniard bought trio Alberto Aquilani, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos during the close season for a total of £35million.
However, there were questions about the amount of money available to the former Valencia manager after he more than recouped that money on the sales of Xabi Alonso and several fringe players, and ended up making a profit from his transfer dealings.
Now Benitez has admitted that he had hoped to bring another player to the club, though it was not lack of funds that prevented him doing so, it was simply that the player was unavailable.
He said at a press conference on Tuesday: "We signed three players and we wanted four. We brought Voronin back and signed another centre back.
"A good signing could have been really important, but we have a good squad, we’re happy with the players we have got and they have quality."
The initial assumption when Liverpool decided not to add to their summer signings was that the money was simply not there to spend, and that Reds owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett had siphoned any remaining cash to refinance their loans on the club.
However, it was made public that Benitez had lodged a £25million bid for Carlos Tevez in June before the striker made his move to Manchester City, and the money available for that bid was seemingly never spent.
Then just before the transfer window closed a story emerged that the club had made a £19million bid for long term target Simao Sabrosa, though it was immediately rejected by Atletico Madrid.
Whether the player Benitez was referring to was Tevez, Simao or other proposed targets - Valencia's David Silva or Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi - remains to be seen, but if that spare cash is still there, expect Benitez to sniff around the transfer market again come January.