In: Charlie Adam (7 million pounds from Blackpool), Jordan Henderson (Around 20 million pounds from Sunderland), Stewart Downing (Around 18 million pounds from Aston Villa)
Out: Raul Meireles (15 million pounds to Chelsea), Christian Poulsen (Loan to Evian), Joe Cole (Loan to Lille), Alberto Aquilani (Loan to AC Milan), Thomas Ince (Left on 2 year deal to Blackpool)
This was the position that the club focused on the most during the summer. Liverpool quickly sealed the signings of long-time target Charlie Adam from Blackpool for a modest 7 million pounds. As you all may know, Adam was one of the best players in the Premier League last season. He's a superb passer, set piece taker and is just a joy to watch. He hasn't had the best of starts, but I'm sure, once he gets settled in, that he'll prove to be an excellent signing for Liverpool.
The biggest signing the club made all summer was signing Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for around 20 million pounds. Henderson has always been rated by the critics as a future England international and has been compared to club legend Steven Gerrard. Despite this, I've had my doubts from the very beginning over this signing and believe that the 20 million pounds could've been better spent on a better talent (Marvin Martin, Shaqiri, Eriksen, Mata, etc). Henderson has talent and potential, but for someone who made just four assists in over 30 matches last season for Sunderland, 20 million pounds is over the top. Coupled with a very poor showing in the U-21 World Cup with England, Henderson is not worth 20 million pounds, or at least hasn't shown it yet. Liverpool would be hoping for better for him and to prove that he isn't a waste of money.
The other big signing the club made was the signing of Aston Villa winger and England international, Stewart Downing, for around 18 million pounds. Downing was voted by the Villa fans as the Player of the Season and was the club's most consistent performer, with a highlight; his excellent performance against rivals Manchester United at Villa Park, where he ran their defence ragged. Downing has had a good start, in my opinion, to life at Liverpool. I really didn't agree with the huge fee that the club paid for him, but he could well end up to be a good signing for the club.
Now for the departures. The biggest and best piece of transfer business the club did during the summer was offloading the walking disaster that is Christian Poulsen. Poulsen has been well criticised by the fans during his short time at Anfield and many are delighted that he's gone and that they won't have to see his poor passing and tackling, week in and week out.
Both Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani, have also left the club on loan. Cole because of his poor performances last season after so much was expected from such a gifted player. So, I think that his departure on loan suits both parties and was for the best. The same goes for Aquilani, despite his excellent form in pre-season and for Juventus last season. Aquilani was never happy at Liverpool and always wanted to go back to Italy and has been doing well with AC Milan. If you want me to be honest, though, I'd rather have kept Aquilani then buy Henderson. Considering the way he performed in pre-season and when he's at his best, Aquilani is a top midfielder. If it wasn't for his injuries, he would've been considered one of the best in his position, at least in Europe.
The biggest departure was one of the most dramatic of the summer transfer window, which concluded in the last few minutes of Deadline Day. The transfer of Raul Meireles to Chelsea was a transfer that caught many by surprise. Meireles was one of Liverpool's best players last season and one of their most consistent. He quickly became a fan favorite among the Liverpool faithful with his constant running and reliability. His transfer angered and shocked many fans, and, in my opinion, he will be missed.
Grade: B- Despite the big signings and the money spent on midfield players, I am still not thoroughly convinced by Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam's performances so far. I believe that the club, with the money they have, could've bought better midfielders. Selling one of their best players and their best midfielder last season, in Raul Meireles, is also a blow for the team. Downing has done alright thus far, but still hasn't fully settled to the squad. It's still too early to write them off and hopefully they can prove themselves, meet the expectations put on them, and help the club gain at least a Champions League spot.