Excuse me for thinking everything’s not as bad as it seems. Since about 10pm on August the 31st people have quite frankly been losing their shit over the fact we’ve not brought in another striker/winger. Quite clearly Brendan Rodgers wanted to bring in a few more bodies to help the squad until January and beyond, it didn’t materialise because something it doesn’t, don’t panic.
We have Arsenal this weekend at Anfield and I’m confident we’ll win, I was confident 6 days ago when it was quite clear Carroll, Spearing and Adam wouldn’t be at the club and before we’d made bids for Dempsey and Sturridge. We have a strong team, we all saw them outplay the Champions at Anfield last Sunday, none of the above players mentioned really, if at all featured in that game. We banged on for the entirety of last season that our youth need to be given more of a chance, well guess what, your wish whether you all of a sudden like it or not has come true. Suso, Pacheco, Morgan, Sterling, Robinson and Shelvey all remain at the club and they’ll all get a chance to show what the can do. That excites me. Our priority this season is to finish in the top four, a return to the Champions League, to do that we need to be playing our strongest 11 week in, week out, that 11 is currently at the club and the majority of whom started against City.
The blame seems to be lying at the feet of FSG, John Henry and his team who want to make a profit and sell up apparently. Well I thought the appointment of Brendan Rodgers indicated that this is the new direction, the new era that the club is embarking on, a fresh approach and a new style, I thought we were all behind the long term project that is Liverpool Football Club. ‘We need a goalscorer, we need Clint Dempsey!’ This is what some of you will be thinking. Well let me run a few stats by you; before his excellent season last term Dempsey scored 33 goals in 147 games. The guy is a scorer of goals, not a goalscorer. Pundits, journalists and fans agreed that Dempsey had a great season, an above average season, a season that would be difficult for him to replicate again. At 29 with no sell on value was Dempsey worth a punt? Yes, he probably was, but because FSG didn’t secure the deal and pay above what they wanted too, we couldn’t afford it, OR we refused to over pay our valuation of the player, something we were guilty of under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli, who if you want to be business serious about, have put the club in a very difficult situation, money isn’t flying around because we’ve spent a lot already, you don’t fix a club/a business by watching a poor season and just throwing more money at it, you assess the situation and act accordingly, that is what’s happening right now.
Our first team squad is thinner than we’d like but it contains a good amount of quality in key areas. We’ve 4 good wingers, 2/3 strikers, one of the best back lines in the country and midfield that can compete with the Premier Leagues elite , it is not the end of the world. Keep the faith, keep backing the team and together we’ll create something special.
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