Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has accused Liverpool of not wanting to sign Charlie Adam enough.
The highly-rated Scotland midfielder was linked with a move to Anfield throughout January but the clubs failed to agree a fee, while Tottenham were also unsuccessful with a late bid.
Adam's agent Kenny Moyes was quoted criticising Blackpool for their handling of the situation, claiming his client had been "seriously mucked about".
However, Holloway feels Liverpool were more interested in completing deals for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and that Adam deserved better.
He said: "I think his agent should be very careful what he says, if it's true. I've already had enough of this Charlie Adam thing. He's my captain and if you look at how well he played (against West Ham), for me there's no rush.
"The boy will go to a top club eventually but he has to go on the right footing, where they really want him, and to be perfectly honest I didn't feel that was the case. He shouldn't be third choice, they shouldn't be doing two other deals, Suarez and Carroll, and putting their energy into that and doing nothing for Charlie."