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Liverpool Learning or Mid-table and Proud?

Date: 10th January 2013 at 10:00 pm
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RECENTLY Liverpool have been linked in some quarters with moves for or ; two players regarded as world class by most fans.

Undoubtedly they would make Liverpool’s starting eleven better. Attempting to purchase either player would show a remarkable sign of intent from , that they’re serious about getting the team back to the big-time immediately.

Both have achieved glory in the past and know how to win.

David Villa is one of the most clinical finishers in world football and Sneijder is a creative, attaching midfielder who would arguably walk into any side in the world.

Are FSG insane for not snapping up these outstanding players ASAP? They would dramatically improve chances of a top four finish and they would provide a spring board to improve the squad further. Other quality additions are more likely to join when they see Suarez, Gerrard, Villa and Sneijder awaiting them in the Liverpool starting line-up.

They would provide excellent role models for the young players at Liverpool who are still learning and would benefit from a few experience players showing them the way. Would not trying to sign them amount to an acceptance of Liverpool being a mid-table team with mid-table ambitions and transfers?

Currently, they haven’t been snapped up because they are expensive. Villa at 31years of age would cost £16 million and require the best part of £200k in wages a week. Sneijder at 28 years of age is available for approximately £9 million and require wages of £200k a week. That’s £25 million in transfer fees and £20.8 million a year in wages. That’s £45.8 million for the first year alone. If they sign three year contracts they will most likely have no real transfer value at the end and will have cost £87.4 million in transfers and wages over the three years.

Both players are close to or over 30 and as far as the usual trajectory of a footballers’ career goes they may have plateaued and are at their peak, or past their peak with age and injury. Indeed David Villa has recently returned from a lengthy absence due to injury.


In the past Liverpool have brought in unfinished articles but ones full of promise and solid reputations and it’s just not worked. We all remember the likes of Harry Kewell, Fernando Morientes, Robbie Keane and El Hadji Diouf. Each transfer window Liverpool fans were full of hope more than expectation and these players were signed but failed to live up to the reputations the garnered with previous employers. Who is to say Villa and Sneijder will not do the same?

At such a huge financial outlay the stakes are just too high in my own opinion. Being successful for Liverpool is difficult and for every Torres or Suarez there are more than a few Morientes’ and Voronin’s.

The current policy seems to be taking on players yet to achieve but full of promise. Buying from smaller clubs and giving young, hungry players a platform to be the next Villa or Sneijder. £87.4 million (extra) spent wisely over the next three years of transfer windows would allow a few failures and could still leave enough who prove successful. That’s almost £30 million a year for transfers and wages.

made it clear in his statement at the end of the summer that short-term expensive fixes were not the way he wanted us to go. Looks like he’s learned from the errors of old – or are we just making new errors. Have Liverpool become a mid-table team with mid-table ambitions and transfers? We’ve tried to buy success by buying players who have been successful elsewhere but time and time again it’s failed so I’m fully behind FSG trying this ‘new’ way.


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  • Vikas dhingra
    1 year ago

    I’m a little surprised by the negativity towards FSG. They threw money away under KD n DC but that was a completely crazy time. We all know we were paying far far too much for ‘suspect’ players. We’re a club that gives people time and no Chekski! Rodgers needs time. I respect FSG trying to do things differently. Just really hope it works. It’s going to take a few transfer windows before we can really say if anything has failed or succeeded only results on the pitch will tell us that. Players and staff need time to show us their true worth.

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    • Ozred
      1 year ago

      Spot on

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  • Ozred
    1 year ago

    Dave. It’s not hard to understand numbers. 35 million 20 million, 16 million etc etc.

    Kenny hàs put us at least 2 years backward with his moronic buying. He’s made us a laughing stock in the process and he’s also put a massive sign over the gates that says “charge us 4 times the worth, we are stupid”.

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    • Jack The Lad
      1 year ago

      Take no notice of ‘Dave’ Ozred. It is Dave after all!!

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  • Derek
    1 year ago

    FSG have spent damn all net . They continue with their ridiculous stategy of unproven manager and spending damn all . They are taking us backwards

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  • Hal
    1 year ago

    LOL , its january and some morons r still thinkin rodgers will turn it round , we wer better off wit king kenny

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    • Matt
      1 year ago

      That’s right it’s January only half way through the season, we are 8th same place as we finished last season, with 3/4 less of a budget and 17 games to go. We gave Kenny a year why not Rodgers?

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      • wesker
        1 year ago

        because he is a no mark and has signed rubbish . Last years squad was miles better

        We hasnt even beat 1 good team all season – not 1 . What kind of idiot manager has that record , even QPR beat a top team

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  • wesker
    1 year ago

    People said give him 10 games to settle in …….people said he needs 3 months to get his team going …….. people said he needs til Xmas for his (bullsh*t) philosophy to work ……… NOW people are saying the whole season

    At end of season , people will say give him another 30m to buy more Joe Allen’s , then judge him

    RUBBISH
    he needs the boot NOW

    Or do all u fools like Liverpool being mediocre , signing mediocre players , playing mediocre football , behind a mediocre manager ?

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    • Finn
      1 year ago

      Your spot on , first get Rodgers out , then FSG

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  • Dan
    1 year ago

    Sneider and Villa could be attractive propositions for any club but there are only a couple of categories of clubs where it would probably work for both the, and the club.

    Firstly there are e huge clubs who pay huge wages and have regular champions league football and gigantic sponsorship deals to finance it. That leaves Barcelona, Real, Man U and Bayern. As big as Liverpool are, they’re not in that financial league to be able to cope with the financial stress of dealing with that sort of player.

    The second sort of club would be one with not quite as deep pockets and on the edge of champions league qualification, That sort of club may see getting these sort of players as a risk that may be worthwhile when considering the benefit.

    Liverpool right now aren’t quite there. They are improving but the addition of these players whilst it would help improve results, it won’t get to the point where Liverpool have a good enough chance of getting into the champions league.

    For that reason, I think Liverpool would be wrong in signing these sort of players.

    If they did sign them, they wouldn’t play as we’ll as they could do at other clubs as the talent around them whilst good isn’t the likes that clubs like Barca can offer. The players confidence would drop, they wouldn’t belikely to win as much as they are used to and ultimately it would be there performances as well as their values which would drop.

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