I would be mad if i say that Xabi Alonso wouldn’t be missed if (and what looks like happening) he leaves, but then we can always go and explore the past. Michael Owen left, Djibiril Cisse, Luis Garcia, Antonio Nunez, Josemi, and yes, Xabi Alonso arrived. All (in my opinion) who were unknowns in 2004, have now a Champions League Medal hanging somewhere in their house.
We should take the positives out of this, the reports that link Aquilani with a Melwood presentation are becoming more day after day, while Lee Cattermole and Michael Turner also set for an Anfield move.
We will miss you Xabi, but shame on you. We wanted you to stay, Torres, Carragher and even the one that people blame for this, Rafa said they want you to stay, LFC fans sung with all their heart when you played in Singapore. You are not following your heart, i guess the Madrid bench is warmer then ours.
Good luck Xabi with the Newcastle United team or anything similar to that you will be playing with in 2010/11.
The high-spending Madrid have added another player to their summer transfers, our right-back Alvaro Arbeloa, a deal which has left many Liverpool fans scratching their heads.
Let’s put the boot on the other foot for a minute. We’re in need of a new right-back and we go in search of the Galacticos’ Spanish international Alvaro Arbeloa. A statement is released saying the reds have completed the deal and have brought the Spaniard to Anfield for a fee of just under £4 million. You’d be laughing, wouldn’t you? Such a small fee for a Spanish international who’s had a number of consistent seasons at one of the worlds top clubs.
It’s been our problem for a number of years, our financial performance in the transfer market has been terrible. Many have put it down to former Chief Executive Rick Parry, who left at the end of the season. I’d have to agree that Parry was a major part of our downfall in the transfer market, but what’s our excuse for selling Arbeloa for such a low fee?
We all know the stories about Alvaro wanting out last season and we all know his contract was nearing its end, but that’s still no reason to be selling such a high-quality player for such a low fee, surely we should have battled it out with the club from the Spanish capital in order to ensure we got a fee which matches the full-backs quality and service to the club which he’s leaving.
What I will say is at least we made a profit on the Madrid bound international. That’s something that the Rafa-hating media will simply forget to point out in their efforts to bow down at the feet of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. However, if we continue to adopt this weak transfer policy we will continue to lose out in the transfer market and fall short financially of the big boys in the world backed by multi-billionares.