The silly season is upon us, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plethora of names that Liverpool have been linked with this summer.
If Liverpool is to displace Arsenal in the top four this year, a certain caliber of player is necessary—a few Paul Konchesky's simply will not do. But what's worse than signing mediocre players? Overpaying for mediocre players. That said, here are a few players we have been linked with that simply should not be at Anfield come October.
Disclaimer: This is mostly a look at value—if most of these footballers' prices were lowered, I wouldn't mind seeing them in red.
Word from Gago's camp is that Liverpool would be a perfect club for him to move to - he needs first team football, they say.
Well, let's ignore for a second the fact that he would not displace Liverpool's current midfield tandem. If we were to move for Gago, this is the team we would field:
GK - Reina
RB - Steven Gerrard
CB - Jay Spearing
CB - Fernando Gago
LB - Lucas
RM - Dirk Kuyt
CM - Jordan Henderson
CM - Charlie Adam
LM - Stewart Downing
ST - Raul Meireles
ST - Jonjo Shelvey
What's that, you say? We AREN'T starting 10 midfielders? Right, well, in that case, perhaps Fernando should go back to Argentina, because he would be riding the bench in Merseyside.
Now this is a player that we shouldn't get rid of, but I feel it merits a mention. Why have we been hearing that Maxi wants to go back to Argentina?
He's not a wing wizard, persay, but he's been scoring goals at an alarming rate. Why get rid of him when he's already on the books?
We want more goals, not less. And for reasons heretofore unknown, Maxi can't seem to stay off the scoresheet with King Kenny in charge. I say keep the little guy, and if he still wants to go home come January, well...we won't let him go then, either.
Let me paint you a picture. Imagine a league where each team works for the betterment of the league. The bottom dwellers get help from the top four every now and then, because no one wants administration.
And when a player has overstayed his welcome at one squad, they happily let him move on to whichever other team he desires to play for.
Well, the Premier League is nothing like that. So if you think Arsenal is going to let go of Clichy for a cool £5 million to a top four rival, I've got a nice little place in Spain to sell you. To actually prise Clichy from Arsenal, it would probably cost three times his current asking price, and that's just too much money.
Scott Dann is not a bad player. But £12 million? Am I missing something? Didn't Birmingham just get relegated for failling to keep the ball out of the back of their net?
If they halve the price, then it represents good value. If not, let Stoke City have him. Just because the rest of England jacks up the prices of homegrown talent doesn't mean we have to humor them.
Wickham is a talented kid. But for having scored zero goals in the top flight, isn't eight figures a bit steep for his price?
If Damien Comolli is determined to put together the whole England U-21 team, then he should probably pay a bit more attention to the UEFA U21 tournament—that's not a team you really want to have.
Besides, I'd argue that we have a more pressing need for a proven finisher than a young forward with potential—the Academy is full to the brim with bright, young prospects.
His agent said he's not going anywhere as recently as yesterday. So why does his name keep coming up as a Liverpool target?
Look, this guy is an absolute nutter. He's older, he's never played in the Premiership, and did I mention that he's a nutter?
Forward depth is nice to have, but Cassano simply does not fit in this new Anfield Revolution that we've been having. He would be a waste of cash and a potential distraction that the Reds simply just don't need.
I'd rather bring back Michael Owen.
£16 million for Jordan Henderson? The once-capped Jordan Henderson? Yeah, you'd be off your rocker to even suggest tha...hmm? We've already paid that?
Well, I'm at a loss. Not only has he been absolutely invisible during the UEFA U-21 Championships, but he plays a position that Liverpool already has locked down and nowhere near the caliber of the other midfielder we've been linked with, Charlie Adam.
So just what are the Reds decision-makers thinking? Beats me. But I'll tell you one thing: this is the type of signing that would absolutely delight 'Ol Woy. Too bad he's not around anymore. Err, praise the footballing gods that he's not around anymore. Hopefully this doesn't become a signing we rue for years to come.