Liverpool FC have been linked, in the past few weeks, with what seems like an endless list of players. From Juan Mata to Joey Barton , it feels as though every half decent player’s name has appeared in the press linked with the club since the season ended in May.
It is obvious that we do not need all these players otherwise we run the risk of having an unmanageable squad size that would rival that of Manchester City .
Fans and followers alike have a pretty accurate and concise idea of the sort of players and the sort of positions that we believe King Kenny should target this summer. Of course, the final say rests on the shoulders of the manager, but we all like to think we can predict what Dalglish will look for.
So far, there has been no messing about in regards Liverpool’s summer transfer ‘spree’, as it has been branded. Jordan Henderson has became the first player through the doors of Melwood, costing the owners in the region of £16 million to purchase the 20-year old England international from Sunderland , if reports are to believed. It was thought that French striker David Ngog would be off to ply his trade at the Stadium of Light as part of the Henderson deal, however it is now being suggested that Ngog will stay at Liverpool for now.
For me, the Henderson signing was a strange one. £16 million is a significant amount of money. Especially considering the youngster is primarily a central midfielder, a position in which Liverpool are currently well stocked. Although he can work out wide, the general consensus is that Kenny will look to ploy him down the middle, utilising his creativity and guile.
The question is what players do Messrs Dalglish and Comolli look for now? Well, if the expected exit of Ngog eventually comes to fruition, effectively our third choice striker, there is room for a young, exciting forward to fill his boots. Did somebody say Connor Wickham ? The ‘next Alan Shearer’ has been strongly linked with a move to the Reds recently and it would seem like a perfect fit. The move would also fall nicely in with FSG’s policy of signing young, preferably English players with a healthy resale value.
If we do tie up a deal for Wickham, you would have to believe that a winger would be next on the horizon. The majority of Liverpool fans would love to see two quality wingers come in over the summer rather than one and with a few names being linked; it could be a distinct possibility. One player who looks nailed on to be wearing the red of Liverpool next season is Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing . The left-sided midfielder would provide the width that is sorely needed to complement the aerial prowess of Andy Carroll .
Ashley Young , Juan Mata and Charles N’Zogbia are the other wingers that have been associated with Liverpool recently. If the press are to be believed, Ashley Young looks Manchester United -bound and with N’Zogbia renowned as an out and out left sided player I would say go for Juan Mata. Besides from his mouth-watering quality, he is relatively young at just 23 and would provide the club with a fair few years of service.
If Liverpool can secure the services of two of these wingers, it leaves us with a pretty complete squad. Once the expected deals for Roma goalkeeper Doni and Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique is finalised, a centre back will be the only position left to fill.
Phil Jones is seemingly on his way to Manchester United, which rules him out of contention. However Scott Dann , a boyhood Liverpool fan, continues to be linked. According to newspaper reports, a £10 million bid would be enough to secure his signature. For me Dann, alongside Roger Johnson, were the reason Birmingham City stayed out of the bottom three for so long. Once they lost Dann to a season-ending injury, they didn’t look the same outfit and were subsequently relegated.
So, it looks like it is going to a crazy summer at Anfield with many expected to be coming in as well as out of Liverpool. In Kenny, we have faith. Faith in the transfer market. Faith with the players. And faith in the league. Let’s see how it unfolds.
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