Liverpool FC has been through some tough times in recent years, both on and off the pitch, but when we were in that period, when you have to be a real supporter to hang on in there, no one would have imagined, given the promises made and broken, that the low-profile entry of FSG would trigger such an overhaul at Anfield, and in such a short time-frame.
Obviously we will never be able to get the figures right, in this instance we will need to speculate a little bit, but from the figures touted and indiscretions surfacing it seems like that this general re-model of the Liverpool FC first team cost something in the region of £30/£35 million! Yes, that is the reason why we may attempt to conclude that business in the last two transfer windows has seen us reach at least four target out of five: we squad has been drastically overhauled, we have brought in quality players for the present and the future, we have reduced the average age of the team and we have also managed to get the many highly-paid benchwarmers out of the way. Whether the salary expenditure has effectively been reduced remains to be seen but then again, John W Henry was very straightforward when recently asked a direct question on the topic: ‘No Issue!’
Can anyone imagine the tremendous amount of work it involved to get in nine new faces, thirteen players sold or released, and another seven sent out on loan? Because we all mention the money involved, but apart from the fact that estimates indicate that the Reds did an excellent job financially, moving 29 players around in 8 months is no mean feat.
Teams like Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea have spent without any particular return, Arsenal on the contrary have yet again been ‘profitable’ in this transfer window, but together with Spurs, it remains to been seen if this transfer market stutter will have its effect on the pitch, and presumable it will, possibly to our benefit. The Reds (mostly thanks to Chelsea’s persistence in satisfy our demands), have managed to come out with flying colours, and this because we are all satisfied with the players brought in, we are all happy to see the ‘dead-wood’ (Lord I hate that term) cleared out and there is an aura around Anfield and Melwood that evokes confidence and positivity.
I would dare to say that from a formation and squad point of view, we are already back in our top four comfort zone. What we have to do now is show it on the pitch. Comolli has worked his magic, and ‘My oh My’ what a show it has turned out to be. Now it is the KD, SC and KK to instill the right dose of hunger and motivation that will definitely be taking us places.
The Anfield Revolution has been ignited and completed successfully, now it’s time to reap the rewards. It’s time for us to witness yet again the ultimate Anfield experience!