[EDITORIAL] Liverpool’ Summer Transfer Activity
It is all about anticipation and hoping your team turns out the benefactor of the transfer window every summer, and today I’ll be assessing Liverpool’s transfer activity thus far.
Transfer Activity 1: Jordan Henderson
Perhaps Liverpool FC’s first signing of the summer, although a few smaller names have slipped in unnoticed (will be talking about that later). A 16.5 million pound deal is quite a price to justify for the Under 21 England International. Arriving from a good season at Sunderland, Liverpool fans will be hoping that he will continue to develop in the middle of the park, or operating on the right side of their midfield.
A good passer with great composure when with the ball, he’s quite a decent buy when you don’t look at the high price tag. With Aquilani unproven, Gerrard’s injury trouble not over yet and new problems with Meireles’ knee, he’s a great asset to have at a time like this and a great reinforcement should he not manage to consistently make the first team. A crucial thing here is that he’s young and talented.
Transfer Activity 2: Charlie Adam
This transfer, I don’t really get, Liverpool fans are still split over this 7 million pound transfer that was completed last week. Following the signing of Jordan Henderson, why go out and sign another (predominantly) central midfielder? I personally don’t think that one season with BLACKPOOL justifies why Liverpool should sign him either.
I’ll show you the stats, Charlie Adam has a cross successful rate of 23%, even when comparing to Raul Meireles, whom also is a central midfielder (although not free kick taker), Meireles’ conversion rate is at 30%. And looking at pass conversion rates, it is about the same, Adam: 67%, Meireles: 73%. And lastly, shooting accuracy. Once again, Meireles comes out tops, with him shooting on target 68% of the time. Adam, however, he’s at 61%.
So my question now is, how come Meireles is being linked with a move away from the club and Charlie Adam is coming in to replace him? Age? Can’t be, there isn’t even a 2 year age gap between the two. Talent? I already showed you the stats, Meireles comes out on top. Experience? It’s also Adam’s first season in the EPL. A lot of questions, no answers, really.
Transfer Activity 3: Selling the Flops
Liverpool could definitely be faster in shepherding the flops out of Anfield. Jovanovic is (finally) talking to Anderlecht, Christian Poulsen hasn’t even been talking to anyone and David N’gog is our very own Nicklas Bendtner who doesn’t want out. We need to sell quicker, so we can buy quicker.
But we need to sell at the RIGHT PRICE. I think Liverpool need to consider selling them first before buying anymore players.
Transfer Activity 4: Doni
A deal that I don’t quite get. Doni is all set to join Liverpool with a medical soon to be completed. But with Jose Reina still set to be around for quite a long time, I personally don’t get why we’re getting a goalkeeper whom is admittedly past his prime.
Besides, with have Brad Jones as second choice, and he isn’t that bad either (although he did have a shocker on his cup debut). So this deal, not really getting it.
Transfer Activity 5: Youngsters
Liverpool have snapped up a few youngsters in the summer, perhaps the most notable one being young 15 year old left back Alex O’Hanlon. Already dubbed the ‘new Gareth Bale’, he is set for a huge future with the club in my opinion and he should be able to make himself a familiar face down the left flank in a few years. After all, left back and left wing is a problematic area for us.
Another youngster signing for us is Jones, not Phil Jones, but instead it is his namesake, Lloyd Jones. Not heard much about him at all, no comparisons to big names, but he’s got to be talented for Liverpool to take up interest in him. If you guys haven’t heard, he’s a centerback that we signed from Plymouth just about a month or so ago now.
So any extra thoughts from you guys? Leave them in the comments section below!
Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans