Liverpool’s Summer Transfer Policy
The most successful sides in England this season have been built around home-grown talent, Champions Manchester United have used 14 British players in all competitions this season, with FA Cup winners Manchester City able to call on the likes of England number one Joe Hart, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry and James Milner. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have blooded youngsters in Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Josh McEachern to mention a few.
The problem for Liverpool is the best of the rest seem to have got stronger, Tottenham have brought through youngsters so too have Aston Villa and before Dalglish took over in January 2011, the Reds had not even considered using 18 year old full back John Flanagan or 19 year old Jonjo Shelvey, two youngsters who have gone onto feature in all of Dalglish’s games in charge and right back Flanagan in particular started the last seven games. Midfielder Jay Spearing and defender Martin Kelly have too enjoyed regular spells in the first team.
It is a pivotal time for the Reds, with new ownership and money to spend, Kenny Dalglish must continue to utilise the resurgent impact of his youngsters as well as buying the right blend of British talent. It is the spirit and adaptability of British talent which has been missing from Liverpool Football Club in the past decade, and with the 2011/2012 season marking 22 years without a league title, a change in attitude in the transfer market under Kenny Dalglish would appear to be the most suitable option in developing not only a challenge against the likes of Manchester United but also enforcing a legacy of home grown and British players which can continue to compete at the top level of European football.
Article is courtesy of Josh at This Is Futbol
I think if you check the stats of the 100 + years of Association football in England that the Majority of the squads that have won the majority of top flight Titles have in fact been made up of British & Irish players , so really & truly “Buying British” is hardly a revolutionary new idea , just ask Alex Ferguson who has used a core group of British & Irish players this past 20 years to win his 11 or so Titles.
That aside Kenny Dalglish is also responsible for bringing some of the most exciting , entertaining & consistent foreign players to England .
He bought the enigmatic fan favorite Tito Asprillia one of the very best in Italy at that time , Dietmar Hamann from Bayern Munich , Nobby Solano , Nikos Dabizas & one or two others I cant think of right now .
If you count the Irish players he brought in ? He is responsible for bringing Steve Staunton & Shay Given to English football .
And most recently he has brought in Saurez .
Kenny Dalglish is no one trick pony folks & the day you think you have figured out his methods or tactics is either the day he is going to turn your world upside down with a formation , team tactic or unexpected signing or its the day you end up in the looney bin convinced yer a natural born Footballing genius like he is .
I know that sounds hard to believe to you younger fans but time will leave you in no doubt we have the very best man possible in charge at our club .
Trust me when I tell you that Kenny is a genuine master of the Game , I’d go so far as to call him an artist , he is a sculptor that makes Alex Ferguson look like a rudimentary brick layer & who in turn makes Mourinhio look like a fly by night interpreter chancing his arm at football management & is getting away with it .