So Liverpool are in the good old U S of A for there pre season tour.
er… stop, rewind we’re off to face Toronto first which is in Canada! The next two are in the States against Roma in Boston and Spurs in Baltimore. With the exception of Toronto we are playing teams that are just a short (ish) hop from John Lennon Airport comments on a postcard on what this says about the state of American club football!
The choice of the US as opposed to our usual pre season trek to so the called lucrative and relatively untapped Asian market has a certain logic given our new owners. It’s almost as if we’ve been bought over the meet the family! Let’s hope we pass Uncle Sam’s examination, as if we really need to!
However, although it’s different location it’s the same old subject, player’s comings and goings. The story surrounding Clint Dempsey is seems to be different depending on who you ask. Fulham deny having received a bid from us but Brendon Rogers says we’ve made and enquiry. “Bid”, “enquiry”? Let’s split the difference and say they’ve talked to each other!
“Clint is a player we’ve inquired about, it is as simple as that. Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club to see what the position is. That is where we’re at. He’s a very talented player but we don’t like to talk about other clubs’ players.”
Then the owner’s website suggested the deal was complete and that we had added Dempsey to the team
“….that came within a game of winning the FA Cup”
An interesting but not necessarily refreshing PR slant on things. I don’t know if the saying “damming with faint praise” exists in the US? What next the team that came just five league places from securing a Champions League spot? The mentions of Dempsey arriving at Liverpool were later removed.
Of course, be it true or not, many will make the link between the association with Dempsey and whether or not Andy Carroll goes. Rogers’ started the hares running a few weeks ago and has spoken about the rumours for the first time. The loan idea that West Ham are supposed to have floated appears to be a non starter
“To consider a loan period for someone the club spent £35m on isn’t something we’re looking to do at this moment in time. Andy will be the same as every other player – if there’s ever an offer that comes in we’d look at it as a club and see if it’s going to be worthwhile for the club and the team as a whole.”
So I guess it depends on whether anyone is prepared to stump up our alleged valuation of £20m, which is a lot nearer to the sum we should have paid for Carroll in the first place. I’ve a feeling that this will put off the vast majority which leaves us with him.
Inevitably you will then get questions about he will fit in with the playing style Rogers’ is reported to prefer. Perhaps everyone is getting a tad premature and overly fixated with this? We haven’t kicked a ball in anger under Rogers’ yet already we are pre judging how he will set us up and who will or won’t fit in. Furthermore to suggest that Roger’s style is something totally unique to Liverpool is clearly nonsense, we’ve never ever been along ball team “pass and move” and all that? As for Carroll surely his job as striker is one of “an end product” ie. to get on the end the moves, be an intricate 25 passing move or a long hoof up field, and stick it in the net? Said Rogers
“The club invested £35m in him. People talk about whether he can fit into my style or not, but if you’re a club and you spend £35m on a player you’d like to think he can fit into whatever style the team plays. He’s a good player. He’ll join the rest of the group next week and we’ll take it from there.”