Reds not ruing transfer blank
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez is happy despite being left empty-handed on transfer deadline day.Liverpool chairman Rick Parry insists Rafa Benitez is not panicking despite being left empty-handed on transfer deadline day.
The Reds attempted to pull off a number of deals but were frustrated on all fronts.
Benitez had made it clear a right-sided midfielder and a central defender were his priorities and he tried to add more depth to his squad.
However, bids for Simao Sabrosa, David Navarro, Nolberto Solano, Diego Lugano and even Michael Owen all failed to bear fruit, meaning the Spaniard will have to make do with the players already at his disposal.
However, Parry is adamant the club were far happier keeping their powder dry than paying over the odds for players they were not sure about.
"The big danger, particularly when you are approaching the deadline, is you get desperate and do the wrong deal," Parry stated.
"You have to hold your nerve. We have faith in the players we have.
"Rafa is philosophical about it. He insisted we didn't pay for players who weren't worth the money.
"We could have signed centre halves but there was no point wasting money.
"We have brought in most of the players we wanted. Let's not forget we've spent £20 million to bring in Pepe Reina, Momo Sissoko, Peter Crouch and Bolo Zenden.
"The deals we wanted were completed early in the summer. At that stage we were content we'd achieved four out of four on our list of targets."
On the breakdown of the Sabrosa transfer, which appeared close to completion at one point, he continued: "The deal for Simao broke down after a hostile reaction to the news in Lisbon.
"Simao was on a plane waiting to come for his medical but Benfica called it off."