I was out of the country for the end of the summer transfer window but thanks to Mobile internet (and a now expense phone bill) I was able to keep right up to date with the comings and goings at Liverpool FC on transfer deadline day.
I must declare that I was absolutely delighted with what happened. I wrote a column back in July by where I stuck my neck on the line and claimed that I thought no more than 5 of a possible 10-12 players that should be sold would actually be sold. In the comments that followed my column I was berated by fellow supporters outraged at the names on my list. I for one am absolutely delighted I was wrong. Wrong only in the number that would be sold.
As transfer deadline developed, Comolli and Dalglish made me a very happy man as they culled the deadwood that have weakened our club for years and got rid of most of the players I suggested.
Aquilani, Ngog, Cole, Meireles, Kyrgiakos, Poulsen, Insua, Deggen, Jovanovic were all deemed surplus to requirements. As well as a few others.
In the comments that followed my column, most questioned my thinking in disposing of such high profile names and youngsters, i hope that this questioning is now directed to our great manager. I based my decision on their abilities as footballers compared to the money they earn.
Reports have since suggested that we have slashed our wage bill by £30 million a year even with our acquisitions, I predicted that it would be £40 million.
I was disappointed at the response to my column and hope that in the future we as the greatest fans in the world think more with our heads than our hearts.
To sell or loan out:
Ngog, Jovanovic, Poulsen, Deggen, Meireles, Aquilani, Cole, Insua, Kyrgiakos.
Replace them with:
Adam, Downing, Carroll, Suarez, Enrique, Bellamy and include great prospects Henderson and Coates will be a decision that will define our club for the next ten years.
Well done Dalglish and Comolli you did us all proud.