Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli was asked whether the Reds would be signing anymore players after the sealing the signature of Stewart Downing :
“In terms of players coming in, it’s difficult to say. I think we are going to sit down, look at the situation, see where we are, see who might leave and then we will reassess later. But we have done most of what we wanted to do.”
Considering I feel the Reds are still in need of a left back, I hope this is just a bit of smoke and mirrors from Comolli. After spending over £40million this summer already, it wouldn’t unsurprising if the Reds had exhausted their resources, but I feel if the squad is left as it is at the moment, we would not be fully prepared for an assault on the top four next season.
I think one of the reasons behind Comolli’s hesitancy about any more new signings is because of the number of players that the Reds still need to offload. I would be in the wholehearted agreement with Comolli if the focus is now put on shipping out a number of players, as he intimates in his interview with Liverpoolfc.tv:
“I’m sure there will be players going out because some players would like to play more and have more minutes. We will probably have a few loans as well, players who we would like them to develop, into the Championship or the leagues abroad.”
Certainly, the squad as it stands looks pretty unbalanced and I have seen many comments on this site jokingly suggesting that we should play 1-8-1 next season because of the amount of midfielders we have at the club. I am hopeful that come 1st September, the squad will be on the more manageable side again.
Still, you have to find buyers for your misfits, and this is more easily said than done. Milan Jovanovic has even been authorised by Liverpool to look for another club, and I would suspect that the likes of Philipp Degen, Brad Jones, Nabil El Zhar and perhaps Christian Poulsen will be given the same sort of authorisation over the next month too.
Question marks still remain over the futures of Alberto Aquilani , Raul Meireles , Emiliano Insua and David Ngog too, but I think it is likely the club will hang on to them until a buyer comes along with a realistic offer, unless Kenny feels he can fit them into his first team plans. Insua’s agent stated over the weekend that they are uncertain over the Reds’ plans for the Argentine, and they have been similar statements from Aquilani’s and Poulsen’s agents suggesting that Comolli and Dalglish still need to sit down and decide on some of these player’s situations.
Once these have been sorted though, I still think that a left back and perhaps a centre half are needed. Considering the Reds have made offers for Gael Clichy, Phil Jones and Connor Wickham already this summer, it suggests that Liverpool’s spending is not done yet, but if Comolli’s comments are anything to go by, offloading players is the priority for the immediate future.
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