An article by Katherine Lockett.
Since the 22nd January,Â Liverpool with Kenny and Steve Clarke have taken an average of 2 points a game and a goal difference of plus 19.Â If the league had started on this date we would have finished comfortable third.Â That was done with the Torres wanting/getting out and his replacement Carroll arriving injured.Â The most important piece of the LFC jigsaw in recent years was missing Captain Fantastic Stevie G.Â Us Liverpool fans were so excited about the next chapter of the Return of the King…
The â€œIn the knowsâ€ and paper rumours had mentioned the likes ofÂ Kun AgÃ¼ero, Eden Hazard and Tony Evans of the Times personal favourite, Juan Mata were all going to grace the fields of Anfield.Â Expectation of the type of transfers that were going to walking through the doors at Melwood were high!!
On the 9th June Jordan Henderson became the first summer signing for a fee of Â£16m , all of a sudden the likes of Talk sport and Liverpool forums went mental questioning Kenny and why would he spend all that cash on a kid who had an average season for Sunderland.Â The stats tell another story, young Jordan made more key passes than any other Liverpool midfielder, he can also play right midfield.Â He is also only 20 and with the right guidance he could be a great player.
Next through the door was Charlie Adam. He received a decent reception, he was one of the stars of last season, still young and very keen to build on the reputation he had gained at Blackpool.Â He offers something that currently Liverpool did not have since Alonso, plus his corners would give Carroll and other players something to really get their heads on to!
Liverpool still needed that left sided creative midfielder, all that mattered to the fans was getting Mata.Â But as time went on, it became clear that the main target was Downing.Â SD had a great season for Aston Villa and over the previous last 5 seasons has had consistently produced assists, goals, key passes and crosses.Â Villa wanted Â£20m, especially after losing Young to Man Utd for Â£17m who only had one year left on his contract.Â Liverpool, with the help of a transfer request got their man….
The reaction from the media and fans alike were questioning the signing especially given Mata, who was a shining star at this years under 21′s was said to be available for the Â£18m and is nearly 4 years younger.Â I can see 2 reasons why Downing was the number one target over Mata.Â First the number one aim of this season is to get back in to the Champion League.Â They needed someone who would settle quickly and show fight for the club.Â The second would be stats over the past 5 seasons are great only Gerrard, Giggs and Lampard have better records from midfield.
Without Champion League and the club rightly wanting to balance the books, soÂ not able to offer ‘city level’ high wages it is important that we get players that create a team greater than the sum of its parts, as it will be difficult to attract the so called ‘star players’.
Kenny is known to like the dressing room to be a happy place, he only wants players that want to be there and show that fight for the club on and off the pitch.Â The 3 signing above will do that and will complaint the existing high class players such as Carroll, Suarez and Kuyt.Â Surely thatâ€™s all that matters…?
By Katherine Lockett
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