That was a sly piece of transfer activity!

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I recently read an article claiming that Man City signed Owen Hargreaves because their ‘Sugar Daddy’ owner told Roberto Mancini, ‘If you want to buy more, you have to sell!’ Notwithstanding their massive resources, Man City seem to have shot themselves in the foot by signing players at all costs and offering them contracts that are so lucrative and out of reach, that nobody wants to sign their players because their salaries are stratospheric! Even though Mansour has attempted to circle the rules by taking the ‘Etihad Stadium’ naming rights deal out of the hat, this money will not be enough to finance the free spending the have been accustomed to or the humonous salary bill they are facing and which is ever increasing.

Perhaps on a smaller scale, but the Reds did seem to have a similar issue, especially with players that were deemed not to fit the new Liverpool project and that had to be off-loaded. Shedding off 12 players (although it is possible that six of them were given away for ‘free’ or released) was no mean feat but it was done. Sending another seven out on loan, some for experience, others to reduce salary costs was again proof of excellent commercial skills. There is no doubt that FSG will want a return on their investment, but to get this return they will want and aim to get the Club running on it’s own steam. That is the first objective.

We find ourselves with a leaner but certainly more competitive squad. Some may argue that we did not make that ‘marquee’ signing everyone asked and hoped for, but you know what? We did! Because having kept Pepe Reina at Anfield is more than a marquee signing to me. And also because spending £35 million to reshape a team the way the new Liverpool regime has done in 8 months is more valuable and will help the club achieve more than spending that same amount to bring in a player who will probably destabilize the balance achieved so far.

This morning I read another article which claims that players like Skrtel, Kuyt, Maxi and Jones will ask to leave in January and look for new pastures. With the exception of Jones (and there is nothing personal in that statement), it would be a shame if any of them left, but there again like the rest of the players, Gerrard and Carragher included, they must fight for their place in training and on the pitch and if they are not playing it’s usually because either they are not fit, or otherwise someone else is doing a better job than them! If any Liverpool player wants to leave the Club now, then they are destined to miss out on something special, because there is something special happening at this Club. There is a general buzz of cautious optimism which indicates that we might be going places! I do believe however that there may be players, including Brad Jones, that may be loaned out to allow them more playing time. Guys like Spearing and Shelvey will know that this year, unless a cataclismic injury plague shrouds the team, they will find very little space, therefore the prospect of being loaned out is not that remote.

This time twelve months ago, all we saw was unhappy faces on the pitch and our team playing a game that seemed so unnatural to most of us. Looking back it seems unbelievable what the Liverpool FC has managed to achieve and how the Club has steered away from doom and gloom to a path of positivity and optimism.


  1. It’s certainly fascinating watching the management find that balance between a competitive wage structure vs the prestige of the club and the possibility of winning trophies/titles. I am sure that signing players who feel pride in the shirt means a hell of a lot more than signing great players who want the latest in ostrich-feathered Lamborghini. That’s why I don’t see Skrtel, Kuyt, or Maxi wanting to leave. They stood by the club when times were bad. They surely won’t want to leave now…

  2. not sure what the tie in with Owen Hargreaves is .I certainly don’t think City have to offload to stock up the war chest. They like Chelsea are hobby clubs. Their owners can never be in profit no matter what the clubs do or win. Liverpool,however is a business and will need to be run as such. John Henry is not a life long fan from Breck Road. He will need to see a return for his out lay

    1. The tie is that Man City have come out saying they signed him because they were told to sell before the buy, after having spent £75 million this summer. They has an issue offloading players and have shipped out a few on loan with them paying a good chunk of their salary which is otherwise unaffordable for other clubs.
      Man City have come up with the Eithad Stadium sponsorship to circle around the Fair Play rules, but at the rate they have been buying players and wrapping them in golden contracts, now even that seems to be enough.
      It’s obvious John Henry and Co will want a return, what do you expect? He is neither pumping curde or gas so the money is not exactly falling from the sky is it!
      The scope of the article was to highlight, should there be reason to, how smart the management has been in this transfer window, without the help of Sugar Daddys!

  3. Kuyt signed a new contract less than six months ago so I think he is still in for the long term Tonio. Comolli’s actuivities have been impressive to say the least. Tottenham’s loss is our gain and this has been proven in the transfer market.

  4. Kuyt skatel maxi where the most happy faces you see on the pitch we cannot quesition the loyalty of kuyt he has been with us when every one was not. Skatel you could see the determination in him to fight for l’vpool. Maxi made new friends and a song at anfield dont see him leaving. Players like agger where not happy durin Roy timd but now with kk is glad to be playin at liverpool.

    Man city? I think most of the liverpool fans are afraid of the names they shipped in, let me tell you guys not to be afraid. They bought big name not a team close to liverpool. Kk brought back the team spirit look at what we did to man u last game we left the clueless thats what we goin to do this season to both manchester teams. As for chelsea, they can never be liverpool.

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