I am sure there are many Liverpool fans that won’t be shedding many tears at the summer departure of Fabio Aurelio. In many ways you cannot blame them, after all the Brazilian has been a massive source of frustration due to his continued struggle with fitness and we have been deprived of what is a talented footballer. The move just hasn’t worked out for either and you cannot blame the club for showing reluctance in offering a new deal.
Unfortunately football is a big money business these days and we as a club don’t have much of it, therefore sanctioning a new contract for a player as injury prone as Aurelio just cannot happen, especially when the club’s resources are needed to be able to tie up the likes of Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano to long term deals. With news breaking this morning that Liverpool are stalling over a contract for Carragher it just goes to highlight the extent of the belt tightening at Anfield and in many ways the streamlining of the squad.
In many ways it is the latter that I believe is the most significant reasoning as to why the club are looking to offload older players and those who’s contribution is likely to become more sparse in the seasons ahead. Rafa and the club have worked hard to revamp the youth set-up and it is vital to ensure that there is room for progression and spaces in and around the first team, therefore the likes of Aurelio is one of those players who would have been a potential obstacle in the way of them. As I say I will be sad to see the Brazilian leave, but the bigger picture suggests that it is the right move and time to let him go.
Written by Jerome Johnstone