As a Liverpool supporter for just more than 30 years, it's safe to say I've dealt with my fair share of ups and downs over the years.
The last few days of the Transfer Window did its best to encapsulate this particular trait, again showing how being a supporter of this club is never boring! We had the low of Fernando Torres putting in a transfer request, to the high of then breaking (twice) the club record for player purchases.
However, I've since noticed a couple of views from more than a few people on some message boards and fan sites that are odd to say the least.
One view is we spent too much (i.e. wasted) on Andy Carroll (U.S. $56 million), and another is that our net spend was practically nothing, since the sale of Torres and Ryan Babel offset what was spent on Carroll and Luis Suarez (i.e. the owners didn’t pull out their wallets).
Regarding the first issue, I'll concede that Carroll has arrived for a crazy amount of money, but that's not his fault nor his problem. Maybe his fair price was only half of that, but given that we had a very big hole to fill and no time to haggle, the selling club could ask for a stiff premium.
Think of it like this: Suarez and Carroll for Babel and Torres (if he was in the mood)—Jan. 1 to Jan. 31—which sounds better?
None of us would ever have said swap Torres for Carroll on Jan. 1, but Torres didn't want to be at LFC anymore, and for the first time in a long time, the club stuck to its buyout price for a player and got it.
Carroll, Suarez and the owners are going to be under enough pressure from the media because of the combined price (U.S. $92 million), but would the fans have preferred Roy Hodgson's choice of Carlton Cole instead?
There was a time when Liverpool FC was the benchmark for breaking transfer records and almost always spent the money wisely. The crazy spending of other clubs over the past few years has seemed to give some supporters an inferiority complex when it comes to crazy spending.
This isn't advocating a Chelsea or Man City model, as we're not replacing an entire team, just two forwards replacing two forwards. So, maybe fans should just relax and appreciate the fact that Europe's third most successful team is now in a position to act like a BIG club again—yes, even if that means blowing $92 million in one day (if there's a need, which there was).
So, before agitating over the new guys' prices, maybe some fans should remember our bargain basement shopping of the past few Transfer windows.
As to the second "net spend" issue, we've spent the money from a player who wanted to leave the club in the lurch three days before the window closed. We now have players, talented and younger, with their best years ahead of them. And from various accounts, it seems the club was actively pursuing one or two others on deadline day.
I was very aggressively on NESV's backs to get Kenny Dalglish in and Hodgson out a lot earlier than they did. I still think they were late with that, but they did eventually follow through.
The club may also have been procrastinating earlier in the month with transfers, but when the time came to put up or shut up, they put up. Sure, Torres' fee has financed Suarez and Carroll, but it's better than getting ''lost'' somewhere else, as it would have been under the previous owners.
So, again my fellow fans, relax and appreciate the fact that we seem to have owners who actually put all sales monies back into the club.