There has been a lot of talk over the last 48 hours about Charlie Adam finally making a move across to Liverpool for £10million with possibly Jonjo Shelvey going on loan to Blackpool. Nothing official has been said yet and for now it continues to just be speculation. Liverpool were after Adam in the January transfer window but Blackpool refused to sell him as they wanted him to help them stay in the Premier League. Their fight for survival did not end well as they got relegated and there is no way I can see Charlie Adam playing in the Championship next season, so it is not a matter of if Adam will leave Blackpool but when and for which team.
Liverpool are the front runners to sign Adam. Spurs were also after him in January but that cooled down. Looking at it from a Liverpool point of view, Charlie Adam is a central midfielder and Liverpool currently have a lot of those now especially with Jordan Henderson being signed recently from Sunderland. Where would Adam fit in for Liverpool with the current squad we have?
There is no doubt that Adam is a talented footballer and he virtually almost kept Blackpool in the Premier League by himself with his goals and assists. Adam has a sweet left foot and some say he whips in the best corners in the league. His threat from set-pieces would be a much welcome addition to Liverpool. We have relied on Gerrard to deliver corners for us but all too often they are not of a high quality as Adam’s. But surely we can not just sign Adam for free-kicks and corners. Unless this was the NFL where you have players in the squad who just kick the ball from set-pieces.
Some fans have dubbed Adam as the perfect replacement for Xabi Alonso. This statement has been met with a lot of debate amongst the fans. Replacing Alonso is a tall order which I doubt any player will be able to do. Adam does offer a wide range of passes and can certainly pull the strings in midfield with Kenny’s pass and move style of play. But Adam is not a strong defender and he would need to have a Lucas playing alongside him and protecting him when he ventures forward.
With that said, a central midfield pairing of Gerrard and Adam would look great on paper but on the field it may not work out quiet as well as both lack the discipline to defend when need be. But if we opt for a three man midfield with Lucas, Gerrard and Adam that would work nicely. That would then leave the likes of Meireles, Spearing and Henderson out of the squad.
For me this is a good headache for Dalglish to have. For many years now we have been crying about the lack of depth in the Liverpool squad. What a joy it would finally be to have the likes of Meireles, Spearing, Adam, Henderson on the bench at times.
So to those fans who think we should not sign Adam, I would say, think again. He did well for Blackpool last season and a step up to a bigger team with better players around him could make him an even better player. Yes, there is a possibility that Adam is a ‘small team player’ and will crumble when playing for a bigger team but with the guidance of our backroom staff, he should do okay.