WELL, that wasn’t too eventful, was it? Like many a Red, I had lined up Friday night as a night of deadline day ridiculousness. I planned to sit in front of the TV, laptop at the ready, just waiting to take in all the glorious transfer goodness.
So when news that we’d shut up shop for the night broke, about 2 hours before the window closed, it kind of ruined my night. Sad as that may be. The failure by the club to sign Dempsey, Sturridge or any kind of recognized goal-scorer is one thing, but letting a number of strikers go already this summer, then Carroll on Thursday evening and then allowing Nathan Eccleston to go (not to mention attempting to move out Dani Pacheco too!) just strikes me as bloody ridiculous. It was as if somebody at the club really had it in for strikers.
Now, we’re effectively left with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini. Many are already getting the knives out for Borini, simply because he hasn’t scored 15 goals yet this season. One thing the modern Liverpool fan loves to do is turn on a new signing without giving him a fair crack and it looks as if Borini might become the latest target for this pathetic ire. Let me just state for the record: he’s 21, an Italian international, and has his whole career ahead of him and needs to be allowed to develop. Getting on his back because we’ve let Andy Carroll go won’t help anybody.
But of course, the main point to take from the shenanigans is that someone, somewhere will be required to take the blame. The finger-pointing started a couple of hours before the window closed and reached intolerable levels before midnight. I’ll admit I joined in a bit myself, but having had time to just sleep on it a little has helped to put things in to perspective.
As things stand, it looks as if Ian Ayre will now be made the fall-guy. In all fairness, he doesn’t appear cut out for the job. But one thing which many fans appear reluctant to accept at the moment is that we’re basically just paying for the sins of Rodger’s and Ayre’s predecessors. You can blame FSG, Ian Ayre, or even Brendan Rodgers himself but it doesn’t take away from the fact that, via Comolli and Dalglish, the club squandered over £100 million last year and what did they get in return? Next to nothing. Can you blame them for being reluctant to go through that again?
In their eyes, Rodgers needed to sell before he could buy, with regards any further players being brought in, but let’s not forget that they already sanctioned the purchases of both Fabio Borini at £10 million and Joe Allen at £15 million. Add to that Assaidi (£3 million), Nuri Sahin (no doubt, some form of nominal loan fee) and lastly, Samed Yesil (£1 million) and you’re looking at over £30 million. So how on earth can FSG be accused of not spending money?
But, all we can do now is move on. Pointing fingers is just going to create another storm that we don’t need right now. The club hasn’t been this stable at any time for the past 4 years and a fan-led campaign blaming FSG or Ian Ayre or even Brendan Rodgers isn’t going to help anybody. The squad we have now is the one that we have to work with. Well, until January, at the least.
We have a strong spine of players in Reina, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard and Suarez. We’ve got capable players around them in the likes of Johnson, Enrique, Downing (stop laughing!), Assaidi and the most promising batch of young players in the country in Sterling, Suso, Morgan, Shelvey, Kelly, Borini, Robinson, Coates and now the most promising young striker in Germany, Samed Yesil.
All of these young kids will, without doubt, see first-team action and I am very excited about that. Our squad is certainly thin, in terms of depth, but I’d much prefer to see our youth teams utilized than squander another £100 million on players that will add nothing, like last summer.
So, if you want to point fingers, then blame the people responsible for the shambles that occurred last summer. We’re still paying for the ‘strategy’ they had in place last summer and likely will be through to next summer too, unless we somehow manage to claw our way in to the Champions League spots. The only thing FSG can be accused of is standing by the principles they set out from the start and being far too generous (not to mention, unquestioning) when asked for money to sign mediocre players last year.
With just three games played, the season hasn’t even properly got under way and there’s a lot of football to be played. With a talented young squad and a few top-class, experienced players, I have faith that, come January, we’ll be looking to build on a strong first half of the season and August 31st will just feel like a bad dream.