I woke up this morning to the news Connor Wickham had signed a 4 year deal at Sunderland and had rejected the advances of Liverpool for the first team opportunities on offer at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool’s interest in the 18 year old, known to be a boyhood red, was strong and they seemed keen to purchase the Ipswich Town wonderkid. Losing out on the player made me reflect on the business or lack of, that has taken place this month.
I have never seen the month of June so full of rumours and speculation not just regarding Liverpool, but nearly every other team, and considering the transfer window officially opens on the 1st July the rumours are only going to increase.
The month started off with the Reds making a statement of intent with the pursuit of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland. Negotiations took place, with Sunderland setting an emphatic asking price of £20 million for the young man who turned 21 in the middle of June. Liverpool finally got their man for a reported £16 million with a potential £4 million in add ons. Immediately from his first interview with LFCTV you could see that he had all the positive attributes to become a role model to the players around him and one day, a potential captain. It was surprising to see Liverpool act so fast in the transfer market, considering that major deals are hardly ever done in June, but this summer is an exception.
Liverpool fans had a feeling that following on from the first big money signing of the summer, there would be more to follow soon after but this failed to materialise. Obviously the only people who know who our targets are this summer are Dalglish and Comolli, but from what I can see we’ve missed out on 4 transfers. Those are Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Sylvain Marveaux and Connor Wickham. I am fairly sure that Liverpool were interested in these players and with two of them a lack of Champions League football this season really hindered our pursuit of them (Jones and Young), with both of these players going to arch-rivals Man Utd which certainly didn’t help Liverpool’s fans feelings. I feel if we had been able to capture Jones, that would have sent out a huge signal of intent to our rivals and reiterated that cash is not an issue this summer, and for the first time in years we do not have to sell to buy. The mutual feeling was that Young was always going to end up at Man Utd so there was not a huge disappointment in missing out on him.