A report surfaced this morning on Goal.com about how Liverpool had their $22 million Euro bid for Napoli's young star forward, Ezequiel Lavezzi rejected.
Now as a United fan I was in a state of shock.
Because Rafa Benitez is showing us that he may be serious about signing top quality talent this transfer window, regardless of the cost.
Over the past couple years outside of the purchases of Fernando Torres from Athletico and Javier Mascherano from the third party MSI group, Rafa's signings have be adequate at best.
Names that come to mind that didn't pan out at Pool or are still struggling: Lucas Leiva, Andrea Dossena, Andrei Voronin, Robbie Keane, David N'Gog, Charles Itandje; the list can go on for awhile.
Couple that with the sale of Momo Sissoko and Peter Crouch; former Liverpool players who had success during their tenure at the Merseyside, and you can understand why there has been a lackage of silverweare to the Liverpool cabinet in recent memory.
What if Rafa has had enough? What if all arguing in the media and mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson has now forced him to take a page out of Roman Abromovich's book and dropping a hefty amount of money in one window?
There have always been the murmurs and rumors going around: "Rafa wants to sign David Silva" "Rafa's going to get David Villa". Well, what if this is the year that Rafa ACTUALLY gets it?
Speculation has already been going around that Rafa is ready to pounce for Carlos Tevez, who himself has said he wouldn't mind playing for Pool.
Rafa has made a list of players he is expected to sell to further build his transfer kitty. Few notable names on this list are: Xabi Alonso, Riera, Dossena, and Ryan Babel.
Now I can't quite understand why he would want to sell Alonso and Babel; Alonso has been in scintillating form all year, while Babel hasn't even begun to hit his peak.
Chalk it up to Rafa's desire to go out and get Gareth Barry, who he was pursuing so heavily in the previous summer's transfer window. Alonso is better, but it is up to Rafa's discretion about who they get.
Rafa somewhat addressed one of Liverpool's main concerns last season by signing Riera to be a left side midfielder/winger, and converted Dirk Kuyt to the right sided equivalent.
Riera is all fairness is not a good enough player for Liverpool to win a PL title. Kuyt is a hardworker so for all his bad lapses that he does have, he is a grinder and a workhouse
If Rafa is willing to throw money at big proven talents then there are plenty of players available for him to choose from.
Reports earlier this year claimed that the Spaniard was keen on breaking the Dutch Wizard Arjen Robben back to the Premier League to play for his squad.
He failed at a bid for David Silva previously, but with Valencia slipping further into debt, he may have a better chance now to land his target man.
Regardless, bringing in a star left winger and the addition of a new forward to compliment El Nino and Stevie G, Rafa looks to be making a strong case for Liverpool to be considered title favorites not only for next year, but for years to come with the solid core that he has in place.