At the start of a transfer window is when fans are most optimistic; about the transfers and and what the team can achieve next season. This transfer window Liverpool supporters have every season to be optimistic. The arrival of Kenny Dalglish at the helm, new ambitious owners, the winter arrivals of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and the performance of the club since January. After signings such as the duo in January most fans expected many more big names to be added to the side. I cannot remember another transfer window in which the media linked us to as many players as they have this season with as many as 61 players rumored to be heading to Anfield in a month. Some were exciting and others were laughable. Players like Juan Mata and Sergio Aguero were heavily linked to us which excited many fans (myself included).
Then there were two people who paid no attention to all the hype and media frenzy – Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli. They went about their business in a professional, calculated manner and paid more attention to statistics, ability of a player to add missing links to the team rather than flair and trickery. The idea was simple - to add quality to the side with primarily British players which can meet the long-term needs of the club. Smart and responsible. Both Kenny and Damien realize that its not the most star-studded team that wins you trophies but the most complete team that win them. Keeping that in mind the club has purchased 3 midfielders :
Jordan Henderson was the first to arrive at Anfield. Many fans believed we overpaid for this young talented English midfielder. In reality he is a quality signing. A player who always looks assured in possession and looks to make good, positive passes and is touted to be a future English midfielder. He had a top season with Sunderland in which he made 82 goal scoring opportunities for his team-mates, 39 more than any of his other team-mates. It was such performances that saw him win Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year award. Kenny Dalglish is a master at spotting talent and this will surely prove a quality signing for the future if not immediately.
Next Charlie Adam was signed by the club for a cut-price deal. The man who tried to keep Blackpool in the Premiership on his own headed to Anfield. Liverpool attempted to sign him in January but failed. Following Blackpool’s relegation, it paved the way for his move to Liverpool. His accurate passes from 40 yards out to pick out a team mate or his through balls along the ground as well as his set-piece ability somehow remind us about Xabi Alonso. Yes, he is not a complete player and has his weaknesses in defensive duties and he may not be the most mobile player but at the price we got him, it is a bargain and he sure to make valuable contributions to the team.
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