Out with the old and in with the bold! Kenny Dalglish is getting his head down and putting together a team worth it's weight in sterling. The silver in question is the Barclay's Premier League Trophy and Liverpool is positioning themselves for a go at the title. Their sights are also set on the FA Cup and beyond.
How's this all possible?
Well, Dalglish started by spending £50 million on Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, and Jordan Henderson in support of a midfield-heavy squad. Joe Cole, who so far has failed to prove his worth to Dalglish could end up elsewhere and Harry Redknapp, manager for the Tottenham Hotspur, already suggested he'd take him off Dalglish's hands. "I like Joe," he said. "I signed him as an 11-year-old." "He is a good player. I've got all the time in the world for him."
The injury prone Alberto Aquilani is headed to AC Milan when his medical is complete. He might have made a difference for the Reds, but they couldn't keep him on the pitch long enough to be effective.
The biggest news of late is the hot pursuit for Craig Bellamy, the former Liverpool man.
Dalglish would like to get him for free, but Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is looking something for the player who cost £14 million two and half years ago. Bellamy's adaptability and ability to play on the wings caught Dalglish's interest and he would provide an experienced man in case main strikers Carroll and Suarez are sidelined. Liverpool might consider £2-3 million for Bellamy if necessary.
Scott Dann is likely to leave Birmingham City to provide some relief to their already heavy pockets. He is very much on Liverpool's radar to add some defence in the wake of the sale of Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg. At £8-9 million, Dann fills a big hole at a small price if the Reds can beat Arsenal to the punch.
Chelsea countered Liverpool's offer to swap midfielder Raul Meireles for striker Daniel Sturridge by offering Salomon Kalou instead. The inconsistent Kalou would provide the gap-fill in the centre that Dalglish is looking for, but Red's fans aren't eager to lose Meireles who was voted player of the year by the fans last year.
Liverpool will sign Nacional defender Sebastian Coates for £7 million thanks to the some clever words from Luis Suarez. To date, Coates is the most expensive export for Uruguay.
Liverpool is also looking to sell N'gog and Poulsen before the closeout. But don't worry Red fans, Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll aren't going anywhere any time soon.