The names currently being linked are illogical in any case. Any player in his prime, playing for Real Madrid/Barcelona’s first team will have many Champions League club offers, and offers for crazy money from oil rich clubs around the world.
If they move to a club outside of the clubs that have got a realistic chance of winning the Champions League, then it will either be to a club they supported as a child (from their own home nation) or they have become mercenaries and want the pay day.
One player fellow Liverpool FC fans like to mention is Angel Di Maria. I would like to remind my LFC brothers and sisters his name is Angel Di Maria not Saint Di Maria! I dream too.
Higuain or Angel Di Maria, like any professional at the top of their game – established – would not want to join us. We don’t (I hope) pay crazy money anymore and he will (like Suarez) want to play in the Champions league. He is not a boyhood fan, admittedly he might turn into a boyhood fan if, once signed you stuck a camera crew in his face. If Arsenal, Chelsea or any other Champions League team came knocking on his door and offered the same money then such players would pick them! If he was available then they would knock just as loud as us…but are more likely to be heard.
Liverpool FC are in a special place right now. We can build with a British coach and give British players who have to live in the UK a chance to start a long fruitful career. I’m tired of seeing British players overlooked, forgotten and ignored in favour for more interesting sounding foreigners. I fully accept there is a premium to be paid for British players.
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In signing Downing and Henderson we paid a multiple of that premium and I still wake up in a cold sweat at the thought of the financial waste. We can however sign players such as Tom Ince or Gary Hooper or Alex McCarthy for more reasonable rates. Why don’t we? They will not get homesick; they will not fail to understand the culture. Why don’t we take a gamble on them?
We already have Kelly, Henderson, Wisdom and Sterling as well as Gerrard and Johnson. Ok, so maybe Gary Hooper isn’t the type of player we want but what about the others? Who else would you like us to sign?
Now I’m not Xenophobic. I fully rave about and rate our Coutinho, Enrique and others. I just see a longer term future return from players who are British, likely to stay at the club longer, likely to stay in the UK and looking even further into the future…be TV football pundits with a bias towards Liverpool FC!
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