Liverpool Transfer Drama: A Fan's Perspective

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIJune 6, 2010

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - MAY 28:  Fernando Torres of Spain looks on during a training session on May 28, 2010 in Innsbruck, Austria.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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The fallout at Liverpool is a sad state of affairs. The compensation offer accepted by Rafa Benitez has hit the fans hard and the players even harder. Many who saw him as a father figure look to be clambering for the exit.

Or so this is what the constant rumours are leading us to believe. It is impossible, even with the impending World Cup, to go a day without switching on to a new headline surrounding the Anfield team.

Who will be the next to make their intentions clear of a farewell to Merseyside and where will they be heading? What will be left of the team in the aftermath? All questions that are vital in importance.

As Liverpool fans, we want to know what will become of our team.

Fernando Torres was a catch and a half. At times, he was truly inspired and Liverpool supporters saw in him the potential to turn the season around. Yet his injury sidelined him and Liverpool were arguably left lacking.

Now it is reported that he may go to Chelsea. Such a transfer would be heartbreaking if it came into fruition.

Even the £50 million price tag would do little to compensate for the loss of such a talent. After all, what are the realistic chances that lightning will strike twice?

What opportunities could really emerge in finding a striker as intimidating in front of goal and one who is capable of scoring goals as easy as pie?

An alternative offer for Torres via Manchester City has also reportedly been offered. This offer would make Fernando the highest paid Premiership player at 200 grand per week.

Such a wage packet really does make you wish you’d been more interested in football at school!

Other recent rumours floating around include Steven Gerrard’s links to Real Madrid.  Thankfully, the newest headline surrounding this talk reports that Liverpool are expecting the player to reject a move to the Spanish outfit.  

What is a definite possibility, however, is a mass walkout at Anfield. The consequences of this could be disastrous. Forget any attempts to reclaim the top four position that Liverpool seemed to have a stranglehold on.

Instead with a team lacking in killer instinct, qualifying for the Europa League may even become a task in itself. It may become unattainable, and this is unacceptable.

So for a Kop faithful, these times are incredibly worrying. The team just looks and feels like it is on the brink of collapse.

The saving grace appears to be in the players. Should the likes of Torres and Gerrard agree to rebuild the team's reputation and stay, then the team may have a fighting chance.

Gerrard has stayed put before when the chips were down. What’s to stop him from renewing our faith in his loyalty again?

Torres as well still feels like he is in warm up mode. As a player with ambition, you would hope that he would remain at Liverpool so as to prove his worth.

Of course, even if the two big guns do stay, then the funds afforded to the new manager need to be vastly more substantial. The team as a whole is substandard.

Liverpool seemed to stagnate whilst their top three rivals all boosted talent in their squad. So it is pitiful that a team in crisis has been given so little to save themselves.

It is like building a palace with mud; you can try, but as soon as the rain comes down, all will go to pot.

The decision of management looks likely to pose an immediate opportunity to reverse the team's misfortunes.

Roy Hodgson would be my choice, given his creation of a beautiful defense at Fulham.

His team subsequently became a force to be reckoned with and proved a detriment to the commentator who cited Liverpool as England’s only remaining hope in Europe last season.  

What is abundantly clear is that amongst the highlights and buzz of the World Cup, Liverpool supporters will still be licking wounds and facing a nervous and anxious couple of months.

Every day, a new twist or turn will emerge. Each time, the outcome is hoped to be a positive one, but there are bound to be a few drops along the way.

When the opening weeks of the 2010/11 season come into fruition, we will have a greater grasp on the comparative strength of the squad. We will know what results are achievable.

Until then everything is so uncomfortably written and drawn out like a murder mystery in a soap opera.

Everyone is completely on edge.


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