The transfer window is shut and another opportunity is missed to sign that back up Striker that we so urgently need. „Rien na va plus“, all we can do now is praying that our players stay injury-free for the remainder of the season. It could have been worse but thankfully Maxi Rodriguez was available on a (almost) free transfer. Even if it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, I’m glad Rafa signed him so we finally have an alternate for the right wing and other attacking positions. Andrej Voronin and Andrea Dossena both left and brought some money to the club, money that should have been invested but instead it went elsewhere – again! We could have signed either Adam Johnson or Victor Moses with that money, two of the best prospects in English football, but we missed out on both of them which is even more annoying considering the coming UEFA rules. Fact is: our squad continues to shrink. But it’s much more than that: it is the third consecutive transfer period where Liverpool (had to?) make a profit. From spenders to sellers. The worry is not that we cannot compete with the top clubs or that we cannot compete with the newly-rich Manchester City or Tottenham. Very worrying though is that we now get outspent by the likes of Birmingham, Wigan, Stoke or Sunderland. That is not polemic. That is tragic.
Under David Moores we always had money to spend and while it was not as much as United or Chelsea had available, I don’t remember a period where we had to sell to buy or couldn’t buy at all. When Moores sold Liverpool it was supposed to be for the good of the club. Well, in the meantime we all have found out that the contrary is the case: we are financially in troubles and – the Europa League aside – out of all competitions. A successful season at Liverpool FC is not defined by trophies anymore. A successful season now is a season where we manage to reduce our debts. And let’s face it: it still could get worse.
So how the hell could all this mess happen? We discussed a lot about the owners, about the players (who probably are also affected by ongoing rumours about the club’s state, player sales and change of manager), about Rafa’s transfers and tactics. But what I would like to know is: Where is actually former owner, Mr David Moores? I’d love to ask him a few questions, such as:
• What do you think about the current situation at your former club?
• What did make you believe that the Americans were right for Liverpool?
• How did you inform yourself about Hicks and Gillett?
• Were you advised by the wrong people or simply naive?
• What was Rick Parry’s exact role in the whole mess?
• Do you feel betrayed by Hicks and Gillett?
• How much money did you personally get for selling Liverpool FC?
• Do you feel at least partly responsible for the state the club is in now?
And most importantly:
• Is there anything you could do to help our club? If not, how do you feel about being remembered as the man who sold the club to two con men?
Of course, I know that David Moores is not fully responsible for what is happening at our beloved club and I am sure he originally had the best intentions. But as someone who was so close to the club for so many years, he must have many regrets by now. With all the powerful friends and connections a man like David Moores doubtless has, there must be a way to help the club out of this misery. Our former owner owes the club and the supporters something, at the very least some answers. Yes, I might sound desperate but these are desperate times and the club faces an uncertain future.