As we move into the last 24hrs of the current transfer window, the speculation just continues to keep on coming, especially if you are a Liverpool fan. For every suggestive comment on a player, there follows one to disprove it, or vice versa. Even Wikipedia is a little unsure at the moment who a few players are signed to, such is the hysteria that this time of year presents.
From the likes of the apparently close to conclusion deal involvingÂ Paul Konchesky, who was in the crowd at Anfield to see them beat West Brom, through to the seemingly very remote chances of the brilliance of Arda Turan, the names continue to hit the headlines. Many rumours are met with hope and excitement in the Liverpool fan base at the possibility of a Red shirt upon their back but of course there are others such as Carlton Cole that seem to continue to grow with a little substance in various quarters but are met with an overwhelming air of disappointment. A signing that would perhapsÂ of suited Hodgson’s formerÂ strategy at Fulham more than it would his charge at Liverpool.
Liverpool’s financial position is well known, as is the matter that Roy Hodgson should perhaps have more in his back pocket than he seems to have, to entice clubs to part with their players in these remaining hours. Fans constantly check in to news feeds andÂ try to communicate with the media and those “in the know”Â via the likes of Twitter, to see if the slightest of developments have been made. Everyone hoping that someone, somewhere, knows something new and Roy Hodgson’s comments post West Brom on his search for a striker,Â are aboutÂ to fruition and atÂ one of the required level that Liverpool fans expect.
The name of Ola Toivonen continues to raise a few questions in some areas. Liverpool have been long credited with an interest in the Swedish PSV striker, to the point where a recommendation from Kenny Dalglish is believed to have led to a Â£9m rejected bid for Roy Hodgson. However Hodgson commented yesterday post West Brom on the likelihood of the players arrival at Anfield with a “no, unlikely” and went on to say that although he recognised Toivonen as a good player he didn’t fit the profile thatÂ the clubÂ was looking for. Whether PSV are asking too much? the striker has another preferred destination? or Liverpool now have a better option elsewhere remains to be seen. That a Â£9m bid has already been tabled for the player, does provide a little suggestion that an element of interest may remain as much as it provides enough room for the media to continue to present speculation that the door isn’t in fact completely closed.
The future ofÂ many players hangs in the balance across Europe this evening, including that of Liverpool’s own Daniel Ayala and Emiliano Insua but whether it is none, one, two or more that are fortunate enough to find themselves with a Liverpool contract is a story yet to be finished.Â As Paul Dalglish recently commented in interview with Empire of the Kop, many fans retain the belief such as he does, that even despiteÂ troublesome times under the ownership of Hicks & Gillett,Â it should still very much be a privelege to play for the club, not a task that any player can fulfil, that privelege is in turn wanted to be felt back by their performance.
Should the next chapter in the career of Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez see’s him alongside Fernando Torres this season is but one of the matters up for debate, whether you view it as nothing more than blind optimism or something more than a possibility, the remaining hours will no doubt keep you checking in regardless.
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