Hats off to Liverpool’s transfer window dealings
Four players signed right at the beginning of the summer and four at the end, which showed a real organisation to Liverpool’s transfer deals this summer.
September 4th, 2013
Liverpool’s support, especially in this modern quick-fix world of social networking, refuses to be patient sometimes. Worry had settled into the hearts of many far before the 2nd September transfer deadline.
Indeed, there were times in the summer when it was so obvious we still needed to sign another attacker and a centre-back that if you listened to some sections of Reds fans, the world was about to end.
But Brendan Rodgers, Ian Ayre and co. pulled it off. The signings of left-back Aly Cissokho, attacker Victor Moses and centre-backs Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho patched up these gaping holes, and we had concluded our transfer deadline day activity by lunchtime, with real professionalism.
There were no late-night flurries involving imposters turning up at La Liga offices to push through a deal, or eleventh-hour splashings on players they could have bought for cheaper earlier in the window – for example.
Cissokho, although now ruled out for around 6 weeks with an ankle injury picked up against Notts County in the League Cup, will provide strong backup and competition for Jose Enrique on the left side of Liverpool’s defence and wing attack.
Moses is a steal on-loan from Chelsea for the season. A proven quality player in the Premier League with Wigan, the loan deal is a win-win situation for both Liverpool and the Blues. If he has a poor season, Liverpool are only the £1m loan fee down. If he has an outstanding season, we will either negotiate for this superb player, or, his goals may have lifted us into the Champions League and in a position to sign the next calibre of player up.
Ilori appears to be one for the future, but now he’s ours and on our books, we can mould him into the centre-back of the future we want to be. Very promising.
Rodgers has admitted that whilst Sakho is still young, the 23-year-old is ready for first team football and it will be very interesting to see where and when Rodgers uses him with Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel all vying for those two central defensive positions. Sakho can also play left-back.
Without wanting to use the cliché of ‘he’ll be like a new signing’, the way Liverpool kept Luis Suarez at the club, despite his antics, has to earn a round of applause too. Despite ridiculous bids from Arsenal, Liverpool’s owners put their foot down and told the Uruguayan he was going nowhere. Bravo.
A central midfielder, with a defensive persuasion, would have been the icing on the cake, but let’s hope there’s no serious problems with Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas and Joe Allen this campaign.
Well done to all those involved in Liverpool’s summer transfer deals. The “group” as Rodgers like to call it is looking very much improved indeed.
Anyway, I’m off to sleep at the top of the league until the international break is over.