“I’m going nowhere. LFC all the way. YNWA! (You’ll Never Walk Alone).”
Ryan Babel (Twitter)
So the transfer window has closed and despite the odd rumour or two there was nothing to come out of the days proceedings to really make Reds sit and exclaim ”I wasn’t expecting that”. Yes HRH’s attempts to sign Messi and Villa did not come off!
Paul Konchesky’s signing was finally tidied up after a long period of being linked to the player. Presumably this means that he will drafted immediately into the left back position that Daniel Agger has filled so ably this season? If this is the case, and the Dane is now available for centre back duty, then who will be on the bench out of him and Skrtel? Still at least we now know Agger, like Jamie Carragher, can switch to the left if things get desperate which gives us added flexibility?
Elsewhere El Zhar and Insua perhaps have seen the writing on the wall re their Liverpool careers through being loaned out to PAOK and Galatasay respectively. However, perhaps the biggest question to arise from Tuesday was over who we didn’t sign?
I’m referring to our failure to secure an additional striker. Our pursuit of PSV Eindhoven’s Ola Toivonen and Bayern’s Mario Gómez were a fruitless ones and other rumours such as AC Milan’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who we were linked with earlier in the summer, also came to nothing even though Robinho joined them from Manchester City which I thought might have facilitated his departure?.
Swapping Ryan Babel, plus Lucas if some stories are to be believed, for Carlton Cole, who we have also been linked with, was another story doing the rounds on Tuesday but these appears to be mere rumour or was it? Avram Grant commented
“I think Liverpool were interested (in Cole) at the last moment, they tried to do something. I don’t think it was an offer. (Babel) was one of the suggestions to do or not to do.”
There is no smoke without fire and Harry Redknapp also commented on Babel suggesting that we were prepared to sell given the right deal?
“We were interested in Ryan Babel. He has got pace, he is lighting quick and he was a player we made an enquiry for, but we never got that close.”
To my mind we’ve had a lucky escape. I still feel Babel, for all his disappointments over the years, has more going for him than the West Ham striker. Every time I get ready to say “ship Babel out” and give up on him he comes along and does something that makes me think all is not lost and that we can still get the best out him. Surely Babel, now that we haven’t signed another striker, will see he has a chance up front which is where HRH has played him so far? Presumably Torres, with Joe Cole operating just behind, will be first choice but given the injury records of these two then surely Babel will get his chance along with Ngog or even Pacheco?
No doubt many will say that we need someone who is tried and tested and although this is preferable in the short term I guess we must realise that in terms of getting players in we are, for now, shopping at Tesco’s rather than Waitrose! So, I’m not too averse to giving players we already have a chance to establish themselves in the team. I guess with funds limited at present this is the way forward and it is probably all the more rewarding if one of them breaks through and becomes a real class act? Here’s to it!
Finally Fernando Torres has been expressing the need for new owners
“It’s fundamental new owners arrive who can make us a competitive side.. We’re not that far behind. We had an appalling season last time around, but the year before we were just four points from Manchester United…….This year, our target has to be the top four. Like every team-mate, we all want to improve and win titles and, for that, it’s fundamental we get new owners.”
Thanks Fernando, that’s food for thought!
The mischievous side of me is tempted to ask where has he been for the last few years but I get the point. Just one thing to add, that shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of Torres or a defence of our wonderful owners, but in order to win silverware players also need to perform consistently and be competitive themselves, individually and collectively. Sorry, but it has to be said. Was the difference between the performances on the pitch last season and the season before solely down to Hicks and Gillett’s incompetence?