Brendan Rodgers: 'Liverpool had to sell Luis Suarez'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that he had to sell Luis Suarez in order to fund new signings this summer.

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool had to sell Luis Suarez in order to fund this summer's spending spree.

Barcelona paid a fee in the region of £75m to bring the Uruguay international, who joined the Reds in January 2011, to Camp Nou earlier this summer.

The manager told talkSPORT: "Luis was a fantastic player, a world-class talent and whatever issues he brought off the field, he was a sheer joy to work with.

"He obviously let himself down a number of times and it was the right time for him to go from here. But we've brought in a number of players this summer. We put it into context and we needed the players.

"In the time I've been here and with the money that's been spent we've gone from seventh position to second position in two years and that's with a lot less budget. The budget has been really trim here."

Liverpool have brought in eight players so far this summer, and are expected to complete the signing of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla soon.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers gives the thumbs up during the Premier League match against Norwich on April 20, 2014
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