Albert docks and other deadline dealings

So, no last minute deals to secure the services of Messi, Ronaldo, Villa or Kaka from our owners with “deep pockets”!

Oh how I would have liked to be a fly on Fergie’s office wall yesterday afternoon as it looked like Berbatov’s transfer was to fall through as part of Manchester City’s “kid in sweet shop” scattergun approach. Berbatov, Robinho, Villa, Owen were all subjects of rumours for a move to Eastlands. My money was on them ending up with Dean Windass!

Quiet an interesting night hearing about the unholy and somewhat unedifying scramble for players. However, for us there weren’t many surprises. As expected the Albert Riera deal went through with Steve Finnan going the other way to Espanyol.

Finnan’s move saddens me. I don’t understand why we should seek to sell him on. There seems to be a growing trend at Anfield these days, get injured and you could be out. Finnan, Pennant, Alonso, and of course Kewell have all suffered long term injuries recently and all have gone or been earmarked for the exit door.

One of the Espanyol “big wigs” said this about Finnan.

“He brings balance to the right side. He doesn’t make mistakes, gives good passes, defends well and is correct in everything he does. He is always worth a ‘seven’ in ratings, he doesn’t call attention to himself, but the coach and the squad will appreciate him.”

Exactly, so why did we let him go? Especially as the person(s) who we have placed in his position have yet to prove themselves as able replacements?

Also on the way out it would seem is Andri Voronin, to Hertha Berlin. The deal is a one year loan but who would bet on him returning to Anfield? Voronin was always going to find it difficult to break into the side with Kuyt, Crouch, Torres and didn’t really do much to suggest that he could displace any of these players on regular basis.

Of the other players earmarked for a move this summer it seems that Stoke and Liverpool were more than keen to do a deal over Jermaine Pennant except the player wasn’t! No news about Alonso although last night I was half expecting someone to come in for him. Good luck to both players, they have my sympathy and I hope they are now given the opportunity by Rafa to prove they can do the business for us this season!

We also secured a couple of “ones for the future” Hungarian keeper Peter Gulacsi’s move has been made permanent and we’ve also signed Vitor Flora on a free from Botofogo. Flora is expected to play in the reserves later this week. Let’s hope Flora spreads the ball around and plays well fending off cries of “I cannot believe he’s not better” OK, please yourselves!

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