What a tease this transfer window is.
We’ve spent a lot of time embellishing our midfield this summer. If the players we have in that part of the pitch were vintage cars we’d have to build a rather large annex onto the existing garages to accommodate them all. In the meantime defenders are getting injured adding further complications to what appears to be a strength in depth problem in that part of the field?
Getting Daniel Agger back from injury is tantamount to a new signing however no sooner has the Dane kicked a ball in anger when Martin Skrtel picks up an injury. It sounds harsh but what are the odds of Agger joining again him, sometime soon? We’ve certainly left it late but finally, it seems, we are close to securing the signature of a defender. Out of the group of rumoured suitors Clichy, Cahill, Bridge, Dann (I’m sure there was more) steps out Jose Enrique, a left back. It’s reported that we’ve agreed a deal, around £6m, with Newcastle subject to a medical and personal terms.
Left back has been our problem position and one that Rafa never really got to grips with. Roy Hodgson continued to tread the same sorry trail with the signing of Paul Konchesky and I’m also wondering about Enrique. Newcastle fans say that going forward he is good however, defensively he occasionally leaves a lot to be desired. Does this remind you of anyone in our squad? By the way Glen Johnson has also joined Fabio Aurelio in the injury list! Nonetheless he is a welcome addition which should give us more options than we currently have I just hope players such as Flanagan, Robinson and Kelly don’t get shunted out too much after their impressive appearances last season? With no European games this season options will be limited, time for a good domestic cup run or two?
Meanwhile it appears the exodus of players from Anfield who are regarded as “surplus to requirements” is slowly gathering pace.
Milan Jovanovic finally realised the rumours that had been circulating and joined Anderlecht on a free transfer. This represents “no loss” in the sense that he joined us on a free in July 2010 however, only two goals, against Northampton Town and Steaua Bucharest, suggest that the return on the high salary we reported paid him doesn’t represent value for money. I guess the signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez meant that Javanovic’s days were numbered at Anfield and when Jordan Henderson was given his shirt number perhaps it was, psychologically if not physically, tantamount to shoving him out onto the street!
Other rumours suggest that David Ngog could be off to The Reebok. Bolton have bid £4m we want £5m. Some papers have suggested Kenny is reluctant to see him go because he will provide cover for Carroll and Suarez but don’t we have Dirk Kuyt who can play in that position and anyway I’d rather see us try our luck with bringing someone on such as Daniel Pacheco or, (even though he is classed a winger?) Raheem Sterling? Ngog has had enough time to prove himself and although he can be effective at times, he doesn’t do it nearly enough. Like Javanovic. Ngog’s rank in the “pecking order” has been usurped by the signing of better players in his position.
Still nothing on Alberto Aquilani. He did himself no harm by scoring Italy’s winner against Spain the other night. From the point of view of Aquilani of staying with us I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing – it shows us what we were missing whilst he was injured but also it shows other clubs what they could get! Perhaps we shouldn’t get carried away by his pre season form as the cut and thrust of the Premiership is a different proposition however, aren’t you curious to see how Aquilani would do now he’s fit? I guess ultimately it is down to him and if he wants to go home what can you do?
Final bit part one. When we play the Mancs at Anfield this season there won’t be as many of them. It appears that the council (not Liverpool FC) has reduced The Mancs Anfield allocation of tickets by a third because they stand up too much. I don’t really know what point the Mancs fans are trying to make by standing all the time anyway it appears to have backfired on them, perhaps they all have piles! More seriously has the reason why everyone in the top flight has all seater stadiums these days been forgotten? I miss the terraces in some ways but there is a positive side, more kids and families are at matches these days because of seating? Having paid good money to see their side do they want see some inconsiderate moron standing up for the whole game and blocking their view? Liverpool and Mancs fans aren’t exactly known for the appreciation of each other and this can only make things worse? Mind you when they visit Liverpool they are always complaining about how cr*p it is so perhaps they will be relieved!
Final bit part two. Gay men have voted Steven Gerrard the “hottest player” in the Premier League. Gerrard came top in a gay website poll beating Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard. So yes, first honour of the season, are you watching Manchester! I don’t know what Gerrard feels about this but no doubt Gary Neville is a trifle miffed off, time to give the ‘tache more volume!