Have we put too much faith in Kenny Dalglish?
Then we have the recent speculation that Raul Meireles has been transfer-listed due to some internal wranglings at the club. Now, I am be putting 2 and 2 together here and coming out with 5 but with all these central midfielders we’ve been signing, it would appear to me to be too much of a coincidence that Meireles, probably our most valuable midfield asset (besides Steven Gerrard, who would never be sold) is seemingly being readied for a £15+ million transfer out of the club about the same time as us being linked with Charlie Adam.
Most recently, we have the situation surrounding Stewart Downing. Probably worth no more than £12 million but Villa are demanding almost 20. The thought of us spending that much on an average England wide player terrifies me, for no other reason than the fact that Spain’s most promising youngster – Juan Mata – would be available for perhaps less than Aston Villa are demanding for Downing. Not only this, but he has been quoted in the Spanish press as saying that he would welcome a move to Liverpool and our lack of European football would not be an issue for him. What more incentive do we need? And if any further incentive is needed, then you only need watch his performances in the past season and during the recent European U-21’s tournament.
If Roy Hodgson had made the decision to spend so much on Henderson, we’d have heard about it, from our own fans. If Roy Hodgson had been showing an interest in Aaron Lennon or appeared to be prepared to blow almost £20 million on Stewart Downing (remember the reported £10 million bid for Carlton Cole, anybody?), we’d have been deafened by the wails of discontent. I’m sure there’ll be the inevitable backlash to the above paragraphs, and it is these fans that I am concerned about: the ones that won’t allow constructive criticism. But let me make myself very clear: I am not criticising Kenny. I am also aware that Comolli will have as much input and that the board will no doubt have the final say but – knowing he is his own man and will have made sure this was in his permanent contract – Kenny will choose the players that he wants and needs and he must be held accountable for any missteps in the transfer market; he can not be untouchable when he makes mistakes.
Luckily, we have so far only made one purchase, so I’m hoping that he and the rest of his staff are seriously considering their options before moving again. I just hope that we don’t blindly follow the British path, blowing huge amounts of average players or mediocrity when superior – and in most cases, cheaper – alternatives are available from the continent. I am willing Kenny and the board to get things right, and I have faith but rumours and rumblings are starting to worry me.
Article is courtesy of David Tyrer at Live4Liverpool