With little money being made available to Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, the loan market definitely seems as if it will offer Hodgson a small glimmer of hope. “NESV is believed to have been concerned by the millions of pounds hemorrhaged on transfer fees and wages by the club in recent years as it examined Liverpool’s finances as part of the due diligence process carried out before the £300 million purchase of the Anfield side was completed.”
The Americans are also understood to be dismayed at long-term contracts handed to veterans such as Jamie Carragher. They are furthermore said to have voiced concern at the purchase of players such as Robbie Keane and Fernando Morientes without any re-sell value due to their age.
This said it is obvious NESV are wary of spending. However, I’m sure John W. Henry; NESV’s principle owner would never leave his manager Hodgson with little room for manouerve. The former Fulham manager is currently trying to sling shot Liverpool up the Premier League into the Champions League qualification spot. However, It is becoming evident as the season progresses that the present Liverpool squad is nowhere near the strength of its rivals who currently take up those four coveted league places. With money tight the most realistic opportunity for new faces would be through loan deals.
Furthermore Hodgson will not be allowed to add any players without first trimming the squad. Liverpool boast the fourth-highest wage bill in the Premier League – standing roughly at £107 million. Should Hodgson manage to sell come January, even then I am not sure he will see the money as John W. Henry says “We have to be more efficient. When we spend a dollar it has to be wisely. We cannot afford player contracts that do not make long-term sense. We have to be smart, bold, aggressive. It’s a great challenge” Once again lending the idea loan signings may fit the bill.
With Henry and NESV adamant they will not spend come January, the only way I see Hodgson adding to his squad is through loan signings and free transfers. Would Liverpool even be able to land a loan signing who could prove beneficial in their attempt to return to the Champions league in such a short space of time between January and May?