KARL Oyston has told Liverpool to stop playing games and says Charlie Adam would be dropping his team-mates in it if he leaves.
The Seasiders chairman has waded into the Adam transfer saga, which has dominated the last fortnight.
“It would be nice if Charlie stayed to help us have a real tilt at staying up but I think Charlie maybe sees this as an opportunity that might go away,” said Oyston, suggesting Adam is worried this might be his only chance to play for Liverpool.
“Liverpool are a massive club and one he’s probably very keen to go and play for.
“We’d look at anything put to us that was sensible but at the moment we’ve not seen anything that’s remotely sensible.
“We don’t want to sell, or need to sell, more importantly. When a club is being aggressive in this way, they need to make an offer that’s too good to turn down and we’re not there yet.
“So much rests on it for us, in terms of bonuses and the players’ salaries.
“They are dependent on divisional status, so it would be a big swipe at his team-mates if he clears off at this point and drops them in it, and us as well.”
Oyston is critical of the manner in which Liverpool have conducted their chase for the player.
“The way you conduct yourself defines you as a club and they are trying to play a game and not doing it very well,” the chairman added.
“All they’ve done is get Ian’s back up, and they’d have been far better doing things in private and not scuttling off to the press every five minutes.
“We’ve been trying to buy one or two players but have managed to keep it off the radar. That’s maybe because we are not as high profile as Liverpool.
“But that’s what annoyed Ian, that the transfer request came in on Monday and then ten minues later the media were on the phone and knew everything about it.
“I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. That’s football and it’s one of the things you have to deal with. But we try not to negotiate in the media and unsettle other clubs’ players.”