Date: 8th July 2008 at 5:21am
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You have to love the summer transfer chaos! It seemed a couple of weeks ago that Xabi Alonso was set for a move to Juventus but now the Spanish midfielder has come out and said that he would not mind staying at Liverpool. “I am very happy with Liverpool, the city, the people and they treat me very well. It’s great to be a European champion with my club and with my country but now I’d love a league medal. It’s the one thing missing.” Those were the words of Alonso.

Now the question remains; will Rafa be forced to sell Alonso even if Alonso himself wants to stay? I think Rafa needs the money from the sale of Alonso especially since he is on the verge of signing Gareth Barry. But let us look at a scenario where Alonso stays; if Alonso stays and Barry does not sign then I would be happy with that but I am sure Barry would not be as he has already burnt his bridges at Aston Villa. On the other hand if Alonso stays and we also sign Barry then what a midfield we would have! The Kop would have to come up with another rendition of “We got the best midfield in the world” this time including Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso, Barry and Lucas. I personally can not think of a better midfield in the world.

At initial thought I do not think we would have the luxury of having such a midfield as it is full of world class players and I am pretty sure none of them, maybe bar Lucas, would be happy to play second fiddle. But from a team perspective, we would need such depth and quality of we are to challenge for the Premiership. If you look at Chelsea, their central midfield options include Lampard, Ballack, Essien, Makelele, and John Obi. Thats five good players all rotating. If you take Man. Utd, same thing; Scholes, Anderson, Carrick, Hargreaves and Fletcher (although I do not rate Fletcher at all!)

It may not even surprise me at all if Rafa at time plays Mascherano, Alonso and Barry in central midfield and Gerrard on the right, Babel on the left and Torres upfront. Yet again, Barry is also a left midfield option. So I think it may not be doom and gloom if Alonso stays and Barry signs. My only concern would be how that would affect Rafa’s cashflow.