Twitter Erupts in Wake of Latest Liverpool Transfer News
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Manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy on the transfer market, having already signed forwards Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet since the window officially opened.
But today's signings have created significantly more reaction from the team's fans. Twitter has been abuzz all day with the news of Liverpool's latest moves.
The signing of Kolo Touré came as a surprise to everyone, including Touré, as reported by The Sports Review:
And when asked if he expected to seal a move to a club of Liverpool’s stature at this stage of his career, Touré replied: “Honestly? No.
“When you get to 32 it’s always difficult to find a big, big club like Liverpool. For me it’s a great challenge and I’m looking forward to it."
Fan reaction has been mostly positive to the signing of the former Manchester City back, with many Liverpool supporters seeing the leadership skills that the EPL veteran brings to the table.
I thought bringing in Toure was a great move by BR but after watchin his interview I think it was bloody genius. Leader and a winner. #lfc— Matt McCormack (@mattmack_7) July 3, 2013
Agger + kolo toure! Can't wait 4 the combo— James Smith (@habib_78961) July 3, 2013
However, there are some fans who don't think Touré will make an impact next season.
Oh and kolo toure he's hardly gonna make a difference now considering the class at other clubs for strikers— melon (@Peterisheskey) July 3, 2013
Touré should provide a boost to the Reds' defensive line. Manchester City were the best defensive team in the Premiership last season, only allowing 34 goals, and Touré was a big part of that.
However, Liverpool needs to improve on both ends of the pitch. Though the squad increased its goal differential from plus-7 to plus-28 last season, Liverpool only managed to finish a distant seventh in the final standings, a full 28 points behind champion Manchester United.
That said, the pairing of Touré with Daniel Agger could be one of the top defensive back pairs in the EPL next year, and it should help propel the team back toward the top.
While the team added a veteran, it also let go of one of its long talents, as Jonjo Shelvey was sold to Swansea City.
Despite playing in only 19 Premier League games for the squad last year, his departure has elicited strong reaction both in favor of and against the move.
Jonjo Shelvey is worth about £6, not £6m.— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) July 3, 2013
£6m for Shelvey is another example of overpricing on less than average players— Bailey (@Kagey87Bailey) July 3, 2013
Selling a young England International for £6m is extremely poor business for Liverpool. Not worth parting for such a small fee.— Oliver Stockton (@iOllie90) July 3, 2013
Since being purchased from Charlton Athletic following the 2009/10 season, Shelvey has received limited playing time, coming off the bench in most of the team's matches and managing just seven goals for the squad, four of those coming in last year's Europa Cup tournament.
For a team that is desperately trying to rebuild, letting go of a young, talented midfielder seems like a poor decision.
It is still very early in Shelvey's professional career, and to give up on him so quickly, and for such a small transfer fee—the Guardian is reporting that it was for only £6 million—letting him go could be a costly mistake.
Shelvey will likely have increased playing time at Swansea, and he will make Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers look like either a genius or a fool.
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