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TRANSFER WINDOW: Liverpool Transfer Dealings Assessed

It’s that time of the season again where all the money is spent and raked in. It can only be the transfer window. So I’m going to be assessing how Liverpool have been doing in terms of buying and selling along with interest in players.

First Topic Here: The Henderson Buy

I’m personally (still) very split over this transfer that Kenny Dalglish made just around a week ago now. What strikes me as puzzling is the player in which he is buying is in fact a central midfielder, a department that we perhaps need the least amount of backing up/replacing this summer.

Put it this way, come the new season, we’ll have our captain Gerrard back in the squad, we’ll have Raul Meireles, whom is currently still with us, we have the ever improving Lucas Leiva, though he might miss the first one or two games thanks to International Duties, we have Aquilani coming back from a rather impressive loan spell with Juventus and we even have Jay Spearing pulling the strings should injuries become a huge problem.

I personally think that that is definitely more than enough central midfielders, along with more than enough quality to get Liverpool FC through the season pretty well. There are other areas that should be invested more in other areas which require more quality, the left wing and left back being clear examples of this.

Second Topic: Charlie Adam, Do we seriously need him?

Now that we have Henderson with us, I personally still wonder why we are chasing Charlie Adam right now, to me, I even think that signing Connor Wickham as understudy to Carroll and Suarez would be a better deal than this.

As I said before, we have more than enough quality and quantity in the center of the ball park. I am very sure that Kenny Dalglish recognizes it as a very significant role and a huge game changer, but I don’t think that so much weight should be put on the center midfielder postion.

Adam would cost Liverpool FC a minimum of at least 10 million pounds. What he is good at is free kicks (which we don’t need because with have Gerrard and now Suarez taking beautiful free-kicks), passing the ball well (which we have more than enough players whom are more than capable of doing) and that he’s good with the penalty (Kuyt and Gerrard, anyone?).

Third Topic: Addressing the leftback problem

I personally think that the left back spot is definitely the spot which requires the most strengthening. We have Fabio ‘Broken’ Aurelio and Jack Robinson whom are natural leftbacks, with Glen Johnson sometimes swapping to play on the left should there be an injury crisis/issue.

In terms of transfer activity, Liverpool have been interested, however, I think that they haven’t really done anything of too much importance. Sure, they made a bid for Clichy, but may I point out that Arsenal will never sell at that price.

Along with Clichy, they have also been interested in Leighton Baines and Jose Enrique. In my opinion, all decent options, and I don’t mind any of them arriving at Anfield in the summer, simply because they are quality full-backs, all great modern day leftbacks, all being great with moving forward with the ball.

Fourth Topic: Addressing the Wingers problem

Liverpool have Rodriguez, Kuyt and the flops in Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic as wingers, that’s why I say we definitely need a winger whom can deliver quality crosses and be a livewire throughout the game, someone who doesn’t simply cut in all the time, but one whom can also drag defenders out wide and to deliver a cross for Andy Carroll to head in.

If we don’t get this one player, bringing in Carroll in the first place would have been a huge mistake. Yeah, he’s good with the driven shot, but we need to make use of his biggest asset, and that is DEFINITELY his physical presence along with his heading ability.

Liverpool have been fixated in signing Stewart Downing in the summer, and I personally think that that is in fact a mistake if they indeed do go ahead and sign him over the coming weeks. I’ve seen him play on several occasions and I notice one recurrent thing that he does, which is to ALWAYS knock it past the opponent and to try and get to the ball first. That seems to be the only way he gets past his man.

I think Liverpool need someone more livewire, someone more dangerous, I think that the two best men for the job would be Juan Mata or Adam Johnson. Mata showed his class in the U21 European Championships and it was a joy to watch him go down the wings. Johnson, well, Liverpool fans should know what he’s capable of. He absolutely ripped out defence to shreds last season when we headed down to Eastlands. Although dubbed inconsistent, he could certainly get that consistency through getting more gametime.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. smith

    July 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

    first you guys are definitely wrong about us not needing adam…he doesnt just score free kicks…he is prone to be better than gerrard right now..with gerrard growing old and injuries…henderson to me…inexperienced,less assist and still growing…definitely we need adam,not henderson and spearing….secondly, the stuff about downing…i guess u ve been seeing a lot of commentary games…the guy as speed(and uses it better than walcott) though he is not good at dribles but in the case of dumming…ill give him a 9/10…in essence give us better analysis…YNWA

  2. Xile

    July 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yes, we do need Charlie Adam.

    He is a left footed player, who can play on the left side of a 4-3-3, particulaly at home.

    He is a dead ball specialist, and his free kick to goal conversion rate is far superior to Gerrard or Suarez. Blackpool also scored an incredible amount of goals from Adam’s corners, this would be valuable if Carroll is playing, it would also allow Gerrard to get into the box instead of taking them, Adam is also British which is a bonus.

    Personally, I think he is a MUST buy, and I really don’t know what the problem is regards the fee. LFC payed £16M+ for Anderson, and the deal happened very quickly. IMO Adam is a better player than Henderson, and for team like LFC who obviously has money to spend £10M is nothing for a player than can offer so much.

    • karthik ballal

      July 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Who on earth is Anderson whom we paid 16mp:-P.

      • harv

        July 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        he meant henderson

  3. Paul

    July 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I don’t agree with you guys, we have more than enough quality and quantity, we don’t need Adam, plus, he ain’t getting any younger, either

    • Xile

      July 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

      He ain’t getting any younger???

      Adam is 25! Aqualani is 26, Meireles is 28, & Gerrard is 31. Adam would be the youngest of the bunch!

      If I were you, I’d do your research before you spout nonsense!

    • SuaRed

      July 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Does anybody get any younger???

  4. Simon

    July 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I agree cm is not main problem area. Adam average; Downing average; But Mata won’t come and City won’t sell Johnson to us. Best hopes for wide men, and we need at least 2, are Jeffren, Krankjar, N’zobia

  5. Blindside

    July 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    From day 1 always said we didn’t need Adam (not enough talent). I believe we will see the backs and wingers problem solved in the next few weeks. Just hope it isn’t Downing ( also talentless)..

  6. karthik ballal

    July 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Can’t agree more with you on A.Johnson. He is probably the most dynamic winger England has ever produced. Absolute delight to watch the way he showcases his skills with the ball. But the question would remain, does Kenny think likewise, I highly doubt.

    And about C.Adam, huge fan of his and want him to be a red sooner rather than later no matter how many quality we have to serve that position.

    Henderson, even I am skeptical about his move like many others, but should eventually pay off considering his progress and is getting to train under Kenny and Clarke, more raw English talent like Carroll who we could nurture.

  7. karthik ballal

    July 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Kranjcar should be a great squad player for Liverpool. So should be N’zogbia as someone mentioned. They might be tagged as the big fish in the small pond by some but over the years have proved they belong to the place much bigger than their current club, with no offense to any of the clubs.

  8. SuaRed

    July 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I thin,k if you watched the Spurs game at the end of last season our shortcomings where there for all to see! Modric was a class and more above Lucas and Spearing! Ye Gerrard is on that level but we needed more. You say that in central idfield we need the “least amount of backing up/replacing this summer”. I disagree we need a lot more quality in that position lets not kid ourselves.

    Charlie Adam was one of the best midfielders in the PL last season and his range of passing and set piece delivery coupled with the British never say die attitude he exudes is a must for the club.

  9. jonas

    July 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Charlie adams is a must in the middle of the park his set pieces are brilliant and brings more to the table than lucas!! with a fragile aqualani and gerrard he is a definite must.Iam not a huge fan of downing but i think he is another must buy if not why not nzogbia real quality player and scores goals

  10. SAID

    July 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    we don`t need quantity but qualities.L`pl have many mid`flds but are they fit 4 their task?we need ADAM and some players should be sold

  11. rodri

    July 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    ya we need adam more than any one.for his terrific pin point long balls.
    downing is descent and i would welcome him any day long.
    but we need at least 1 more young winger with talent to dribble past opponents.
    and we defo need a left back and a back up striker who can also play in the wing.

  12. aaron

    July 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    i think the 2 guys who wrote the article r just wright.i realy think kenny should read this.they have done their home work well.ynwa

  13. Amo Bigsworth

    July 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Charlie Adam reminds me of Gary McAllister back in the days. Great at set pieces, great long range shots. We missed out on McAllister in the 90s and signed him when he was 35/36 in 2000. Lets not make this mistake with Charlie Adam.

  14. romario

    July 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    adam is a great player but liverpool can do with out ,liverpool should buy wingers.

  15. aaron

    July 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    i hope kenny dont make big mistake by giving priority n keen on bringing english will create unhealty relationship n rift between english n foreign may backfire him n his plan 2 create a solit team.

  16. Dan

    July 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    WHAT is the deal with Adam? So he played well against Birmingham and Fulham and Stoke. That doesn’t mean he’s at the level of playing well against Inter and Real and Barcelona. If you asked any other major European club whether they would take Adam for 10 million, they would laugh in your face. Yes he played well against a terrible Liverpool side and a poor United performance, but thats not happening in the Champions League. IF Liverpool were aiming for 6th again, then sure! Adam would be great. But since we are aiming for the top, we don’t need him.

  17. tahi

    July 3, 2011 at 3:03 am

    i thnk all lverpol need is mesi,ronaldo and sneijder to cover the midfield problem..n also maicon and dani alves for back problem,hahaha..

  18. Ouzair

    July 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    hhhmmm….heres a thought, i think King Kenny is going for a 4-3-3 formation rather then 4-4-2, and to be honest i think thats not a bad idea because if you look at Barca they play with the similar setup and they also dont have natural wingers and its working wonders for them, my only concern in this situation would be Andy Carroll and where will he fit if we do opt for 4-3-3 formation. It would be interesting to see what Kenny comes up with……

  19. Colin

    July 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Modern successful teams play 433 or 4231, if we want to play like this we need additional purchases. The teams as whole lacks pace. We can achieve natural width by buying an attacking left back, and additional striker / attacking midfielder who is able to drift wide. We also need to buy a ball playing centre back, or promote one of our younger centre backs into the first team squad. With these additions we’ll become competitive with the teams at the top of the league.

  20. alan

    July 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

    yes we do need Charlie Adam, simply for his range of passing alone, we dont have enough, if any, long passers in the squad, especially since we lost probally the greatest passer of the ball we ever had in Xabi Alonso. we need another person, like alonso, who could give a quality ball with pin point accuracy from inside our own half, and Charlie Adam fits the bill. Aswell as Adam, i think Clichy, a Johnson, J McCarthy, Wickham, Cahill or Shawcross and Rodallega, would be huge signings and we definately would have a squad capable of wining the league with them

  21. mulyana

    July 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    charlie adams is comparable to saby alonso n gary mcalister, catogary of great player, buy him at reasonable price

  22. hayden

    July 5, 2011 at 3:07 am

    basically for liverpool to win the title we need too sort out the back four get decent middle aged and experianced players, sign adams and downing because with gerrard kuyt henderson adams and downing that would be a sweet middfield and saurez and carrol up front thats pretty good i think that the bloke who wrote that article should actually watch the football games not just sky sports news

  23. hayden

    July 5, 2011 at 3:10 am

    and ouzair barca has got basically the best players noone can play that kind of football liverpool should stick to a 4-4-2 i reckon that is the best formation for liverpool

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