Have Liverpool signed the right players this summer?
One must not discount Charlie Adam’s who was brought to provide creation and invention in the middle of the park, something Liverpool have lacked since the departure of the influential Spaniard Xabi Alonso. The problem with this of course is he’ll be competing against seven other central midfielders for two spots, one of which is guaranteed to be reserved for talismanic figure Steven Gerrard. Two other players he’ll be up against are Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles, two class players in their own right. It does beg the question were some of these British signings worth the lofty price tags they were purchased for? Especially when two of the Young British players we brought specialise in position we already have quality players in?
Of course last but not least is Liverpool’s record signing Andy Carroll. Whilst in theory the ridiculous sum of thirty five million pounds paid for his services may debase all sense of reality (especially considering how Barcelona paid Valencia just over thirty million for David Villa) the risk could pay off. One thing Andy Carroll did at his time with Newcastle was feed off quality service from the likes of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan. If his shot to goal ratio was decent at Newcastle, it is surely likely to improve at Liverpool with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing providing quality service from the midfield area. A twenty goal plus season will at least ensure Liverpool a place within the Champions League, any more may even offer Liverpool a sniff at possibly winning the league, though this may seem far too ambitious to predict before the season even starts.
Whether these British signings come through or not, the jury will be out this season because of the war chest King Kenny was armed with. With Liverpool comes expectations and there will certainly be great expectations from Andy Carroll. But I’m sure he has broad enough shoulders to cope with the expectations of Merseyside.
Article is courtesy of Haider Ali at This Is Futbol