Liverpool FC : Are Reds Avoiding Cash Splash to Accommodate Sterling & Suso ?
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Even after much transfer speculation and the continuing goal drought, Liverpool have avoided splashing any cash so far this winter window and if rumors are to be believed, the only additions the Reds look likely to make are supposed to be just on-loan additions.
Now although it might seem baffling as to why Liverpool are looking set to postpone any significant money signings in the window when the much-spoken-about fourth spot looks beyond the Reds without any major reinforcement, there could well be another face to it.
In recent weeks, the Reds have been linked to talented players like Junior Hoilett of Balckburn Rovers and Scott Sinclair of Swansea City amongst a host of others. However, none of those look anywhere near fruition unless the Reds management are secretly planning to play their cards yet again on deadline day.
However, with Liverpool playing Wolves on deadline day, any major transfer could be a distraction and looks unlikely.
There has also been a quiet development in January which has thus far been only grabbed minor attention. Raheem Sterling, the much reputed youngster from QPR, has been allowed to train with the first team and was also given a feel of the first team and real match against Stoke City at Anfield.
Now both Raheem Sterling and Suso Fernandez have already caught a lot of attention after the players made their switch from the London club and Cadiz respectively.
However, with the prevalent Liverpool philosophy, both Sterling, 17, and Suso,18, may not just be thrown into the mix just yet as they still may need at least a few months to deserve such a promotion. But players like Jonjo Shelvey, John Flanagan and Martin Kelly have already had first-team action and with the reputation that Sterling and Suso have had, Liverpool could be tempted to let these kids loose pretty soon—even if it means they are phased into the side rather than given regular starts.
Although I am not too keen to compare individuals, Arsenal's willingness to throw in 17/18-year-olds (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being the most recent example ) into the first team could also be something that the Reds may opt for given its success in teams like the Gunners and even Barcelona, where the model of player development is considered one of the most desirable in Europe.
Liverpool could still go for loan deals. However, keeping in mind the imminent additions of Sterling especially, they might be just be a bit reluctant to go for another big-money signing at a position which could hamper Sterling's first-team chances.
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