The transfer window has completely, totally and officially closed following the massive apocalypse-inducing Sky-funded transferathon that was Wednesday 31st August and we’re now standing surveying the aftermath. There’s a lot of football clubs still standing blinking at what just seemed to pass by, while others are on their knees after watching their carefully assembled squads picked apart by the vultures from up on high.
Then there’s LFC who, along with perhaps one or two other European clubs, are sitting safely, high above ground, with self-impressed smiles upon their faces. The Reds saw the warning signs and learned lessons from previous transfer windows and did most of the important business early in the summer thus leaving time for any extra transfers to be done at a fairly relaxed pace in the final week or so. So when the final few hours of the transfer window arrived, our great club was busy looking to put the finishing touches on a move for Craig Bellamy, just to shore up the gap left by David Ngog’s move to Bolton.
With over £55 million spent over the course of the past couple of months on the acquisitions of Doni, Coates, Enrique, Adam, Henderson, Downing and youngster Bijev, Liverpool have done some excellent transfer dealings. With Bellamy now also signed, it is hard to argue that we’ve had a better summer for a great many years.
An enormous credit must go to both Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli for acting quickly and decisively but more importantly, with class, during the summer; targets had clearly been acquired for some time and we’re beginning to see now that, with the right backing, Comolli knows what he’s doing and Kenny hasn’t missed a beat since he’s been out of football.
However, I feel that a massive thanks has to be offered up to our ‘new’ owners for backing them both during what has been a very hard summer for other clubs. After the hell we’d experienced for the past few years under the previous two planks and the penniless days that were David Moore’s tenure, we’re finally experiencing what Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and the manager’s under Abramovich have had for years: trust, backing and – perhaps most importantly – massive funding for achieving the manager’s goals. I’m really looking forward to seeing some great times this season and beyond, thanks to all these great new signings.
Live4Liverpool is recruiting columnists. For further info contact the site editor at firstname.lastname@example.org