We’ve got Guest Blogger Nick Sudbury (@NicholasSudbury) to give us his views on the comings and goings at Liverpool. He currently studies Journalism in London, and loves Robbie ‘God’ Fowler.
The transfer window is open again and it’s time for teams to try and purchase new talent whilst trying their hardest to hold on to their assets. Liverpool’s previous transfer windows, in recent history have been interesting to say the least, with January 2011 seeing Torres leave us for Chelsea and us signing Andy Carroll with the proceeds.
In the 2011 summer window we brought in several faces: Downing, Adam, Henderson, Coates, Doni, Bellamy, Enrique as well as a few of the ‘dead wood’ being shown the door and the surprising transfer request for Meireles which saw him join Chelsea.
Summer 2012, a new window… the sad news of Dirk Kuyt leaving Liverpool for Fenerbahce and Maxi Rodriguez going to Newell’s Old Boys, I loved these guys, were great team players who never complained at being a sub or getting subbed, scored vital goals in monumental victories, neither were the most technically gifted players yet gave their all for Liverpool, Thanks a lot Maxi and Kuyt.
However it’s not all been sad news, so far we have signing an exciting young striker, Fabio Borini, who Brendan Rodgers has worked with at 2 previous clubs, Chelsea and Swansea so hopefully a high level of respect and knowledge of one another will be the building blocks of a successfull career at Liverpool, Welcome Borini.
Andy Carroll’s future at Anfield is creating a saga of its own. It appears his days are numbered at Anfield with Brendan Rodgers seemingly ok with seeing Carroll leave after only 18 months at Liverpool FC. Recent speculation states that Liverpool FC has set a 20 million asking price on his head.
However Carroll has also been linked with a loan switch to West Ham, more speculation suggests that a swap deal may be on the cards with Fulham for Clint Dempsey. I think it could be a mistake to let Andy Carroll leave, there is a reason why we paid so big for him in the first place, this is a man who 18 months ago was hot property and considered the next Alan Shearer yet 18 months ago we are considering letting him go out on loan to newly promoted West Ham.
I don’t think Andy Carroll has seen his best days, in fact the combination of his form towards the end of the season and his Euro 2012 performances I’d say we could be seeing the rise of Andy Carroll. One more season can’t hurt, if we kept him for one more season due to his age and let’s be honest his season can’t really get any worse than the last, his value won’t change and he could find the confidence to become a top striker.
However if Brendan Rodgers considers Andy Carroll to not be the type of player to fit into his system and his mind is made up then there might be no point in delaying the inevitable.
Other players have re-joined Liverpool returning from season long loans, Joe Cole who previously worked with Brendan Rodgers at Chelsea and Alberto Aquilani giving more options in the midfield.
With Reina between the sticks, a solid defence with plenty of youth prospects coming through the ranks and the midfield being packed with plenty of quality, it leaves the strike force calling out for recruits especially if Andy Carroll does leave…
Clint Dempsey: Had a great season for Fulham and has been linked with a move to Anfield for months now. He is far from my first choice as a Liverpool recruit, a good season doesn’t always make for a good player, plus it’s a big step from Fulham to Liverpool and although in the same league the pressures and expectations are very different. However with Gerrard and Suarez alongside of him the assists will roll in.
Demba Ba: I would rather this man, however I’m not sure he is as available as Dempsey and his first half of the season was not mirrored in his second half, yet I still believe him to be a top class goal scorer.
Jermaine Defoe: i felt almost certain that we would get this man in the winter transfer window and i was very disappointed that get this man. He is a top quality striker with a proven goal scoring record; I would love this man at Liverpool.
Daniel Sturridge: A top quality talent with lots more to come, probably not available yet if we did get him we would get one of the best upcoming talents in England.
Dimitar Berbatov: Ready to leave Man U, top quality striker, questionable work ethic and available. Would be tough to get over the Man U/Liverpool rivalry, Michael Owen did it however with a winner over Man city.
I’m looking forward to seeing what players Brendan Rodgers brings to Liverpool F.C…
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