Liverpool Transfer Scenarios: 5 Transfers Reds Can't Let Slip Away
It is transfer window season here at B/R and in the English Premier League.
Players demanding new contracts holding their clubs to ransom, a club legend opting for a switch away from the very place that made him a star, rumour columns thinking up an insane figure for a player and A-list clubs flexing their financial muscle are a few of the features that can be very much attributed to the transfer season.
Clubs literally throwing buckets of cash at players with potential has become the order of the day. The players are at fault themselves as they let their greed do the talking on most occasions in the process giving up their dreams.
But, when it comes to Liverpool FC, getting a chance to wear that historic red shirt with the Liver bird on it is in itself a dream come true.
And it is the very same reason why, despite the lack of a Premier League crown in over two decades, Liverpool is still an attractive option for the players.
Yet, Liverpool let Gylfi Sigurdsson slip through their fingers.
Apparently, differences over wages proved to be a stumbling block and the Icelandic international ended up signing for the North London club who themselves are looking to spend big under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
And while Reds manager Brendan Rodgers assures us that there are a couple of deals in the pipeline, a period of inactivity long as this one is bound to raise doubts over his style.
Tabloid speculations just refuses to cease even as Rodgers prepares his side for a trip to North America as the Reds embark on a preseason, wishing to redeem themselves and claim back the lost glory.
Joe Allen—Swansea City
Joe Allen rose to stardom on account of his stellar performances for Swansea City last season.
The midfielder’s on-field statistics were enviable as he excelled in a more attacking role under Brendan Rodgers, cleverly alternating plays with his passing and movement.
Although Swansea reportedly have a one year player poaching protection from Brendan Rodgers, a sizeable bid around the £10 million range would be hard for the Welsh club to deny.
Allen, too, would be very interested in working with a manager who had kept the faith in him during his injury troubles and helped him develop into such an attractive package at Swansea.
In the unlikely scenario of the transfer going through, questions over Allen’s ability to recreate his magical form at Swansea will pop up if he doesn’t get off on a flyer.
What if Allen turns out to be yet another Charlie Adam?
A big fish in a small pond player who, without the weight of expectations, was able to perform bright, but when it came to performing under pressure, sulked and succumbed.
Another scenario is the uncertainty about the future of Aquilani if the Allen deal does indeed materialize.
Fabio Borini—AS Roma
Fabio Borini is a legitimate target for Brendan Rodgers.
Borini impressed his former mentor during his short loan spell in the Championship when he scored 6 goals in 9 games and helped propel the Swans in their bid for promotion.
Owned by Serie A club Roma, Borini is valued at around the £8 million mark and can play as a central or a link-up striker on the right wing.
Let’s paint the obvious scenarios connected with this transfer.
If the former Chelsea youth product does end up at Merseyside, a certain £35 million acquisition is certain to move out. A temporary move for certain, if not a permanent one.
What does that mean to Andy Carroll’s confidence?
Well, we can’t be certain of that and only one person—Big Andy himself—can know of it.
It also points to a scenario where Liverpool are playing a three-man attack system with Kenny Dalglish and FC Barcelona to thank for a much-improved style of play.
Daniel Sturridge is uncertain of his future at Chelsea.
Despite featuring in a number of games out wide under Andre Villas-Boas, Sturridge’s opportunities dried up steadily under the interim stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo.
With the appointment of Di Matteo as permanent manager, doubts have been cast over the forward’s future at the club as it is clear that he prefers ex-Liverpool forward Fernando Torres as the central striker.
And with Chelsea lapping up deals for Eden Hazard and Marko Marin—plus the imminent purchase of Brazilian wonder kid Oscar—to go with the likes of Juan Mata, Ramires and veteran Frank Lampard already at the club, the going just got tougher for the Manchester City academy graduate.
Competition for all attacking mid/forward positions is at an all-time high at Chelsea Football Club, effectively making him eligible for tabloid speculations linking him with a £10 million switch to the Merseyside club.
Which leads us to the scenario—Is Daniel Sturridge the right kind of player for Liverpool?
Sturridge’s selfish play is probably something to look out for because he lacks the mental willingness to sacrifice for the overall cause of the team.
But, if Sturridge does indeed makes his way to Anfield, then what is to be made of Stewart Downing and Maxi Rodriguez?
Sturridge’s potential move also blocks the path to development of much touted teenager Raheem Sterling whose only way to get some game time will now be to go out on loan to championship sides.
Clint Dempsey fits both the critical and commercial aspect of a transfer for a club.
The Merseyside club’s American owners view him as a player with an influence greater than Landon Donovan and one who can help raise the club’s profile in the United States.
Brendan Rodgers may see him as an attacking midfielder in his prime hoping to get the maximum possible return on investment out of him within the next three years.
Dempsey’s transfer is an attractive and a reasonable one for Liverpool. Clint Dempsey could be tied down for a knock down price as Fulham look to offload a player in the final year of his contract.
But what are the scenarios tied to this all important deal?
As long as there is a Steven Gerrard running and tackling for Liverpool, there won’t be another name to play the link up role between forwards and midfielders.
Gerrard will definitely want to steer clear of his defensive role for the new season, with the impending return of Lucas Leiva from injury.
This leaves Dempsey with a role to play on the wings.
Maybe, Dempsey takes over from Dirk Kuyt on the right wing. But that will then mean pulling the plug on the deal with Roma for Borini.
Bringing in Borini enables Rodgers to alternate between Suarez and the Italian for the central and right forward positions.
But Dempsey taking up the right wing ensures, injuries barring, nobody else gets a half decent chance to impress the manager.
Now, what will that mean for backup right winger Joe Cole?
Which means Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll will remain as the forward options available to Rodgers at Liverpool.
Elaborating on the above scenario where Stevie G takes up the attacking midfield role, it means that Aquilani will have to fight it out with a club legend for a position in the first eleven.
But if Stevie G sticks to a deep midfield position, then what is to make of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool careers?
Surely, Lucas would demand a starting role if he carries on the high level of performances from 2011.
Adam Johnson—Manchester City
In this entire melee, transfer tabloids failed to follow up with the Adam Johnson speculation linking him with a switch to Liverpool.
The £15 million rated Manchester City winger, who has been widely underutilised by City boss Roberto Mancini, was rumoured to be heading for showdown talks with the Italian tactician.
Yet, there are a majority of Liverpool supporters who would like to see the former Birmingham City player feature in a Red shirt.
So, I’ll leave this transfer story to the imaginations of the wild Reds supporters here at B/R.
Share your scenarios with us and let us know about the pros and cons of signing Adam Johnson to the style of football preached by Brendan Rodgers.