It’s not even half way though the season and the judgements on our new arrivals and some selected senior players are already flooding the debate in bars, social networks and forums.
Adam, Henderson, Carroll, Suarez, Enrique, Downing, Bellamy, Coates, Kuyt, Lucas, Gerrard and Carragher are all subjects of divided debate among Liverpool supporters and even that old lame duck Alberto Aquilani found its way back into the mix.
It’s a fact that Dalglish thinks highly of every one of his January and summer signings and those who he inherited apart from Aquilani, Cole, and that utter bag of rubbish Konchesky & Jovanovic.
But then there where also the players who wanted to leave such as Torres and Meireles who both slapped transfer request in at lets just say convenient times.
But where we all sometimes go wrong is comparing them to players that we think they are replacing, this only adds a degree of frustration towards the player and in ones thinking, we must also remember that the player cannot dictate the transfer fee and therefore holds to responsibility for that.
So early into the season doesn’t give a true or real evaluation of a player and only after a good 18 month spell of injury free performances can we really begin to start to make judgements on them.
Lets start with who has gone.
Love him or hate him Fernando Torres was a fantastic exciting player for us, we all loved him and we all hoped he would stay but he didn’t, why? Well I don’t buy into the theory that he wanted to go to a bigger club at all, simply because Chelsea are nowhere near a bigger club globally or a club drench in history.
He saw some great players leave the club such a Alonso and Mascherano, players who we never replaced, he was also promised so much by the two cowboys who owned us but nothing ever materialised, that’s why he left not because he fell out of love with LFC but he felt we would not be challenging any more and that he was mislead.
Raul Meireles was one transfer which I believed we should have fought off but in the same bag as Torres, you cannot keep unhappy players around, it’s not good for team moral.
Alberto Aquilani the biggest disappointment since I lost £250 in a drunken trip the cash point, two different ends of the spectrum I know but equality as epic in terms of disappointment, glad the passionless mercenary has gone.
Joe Cole came 3 seasons too late while Konchesky & Jovanovic came 1000 years to early along with Roy Hodgson.
Now lets concentrate on who is here.
Charlie Adam has in my opinion has been fantastic since his arrival from Blackpool, he has settled in brilliantly and his performances are getting better and better for us, will become a vital part of the new era.
Jordan Henderson is a great young player with a massive future at Liverpool, supporters need to understand that this kid is one for the future and will be a key part of any future Liverpool success, we need to give Henderson time to settle and adjust he will be great for the Reds just wait and see.
Andy Carroll is the biggest player most debates evolve around, I believe Carroll will come good and that its only a matter of time before he starts banging goals in for us, but as with Henderson we must give him more time and support.
Andy Carroll did not ask Liverpool to pay £35m for him neither did he even ask for a transfer until Newcastle forced the player, Andy Carroll is a great player and will be great for us, get behind the big No9 he will come good for us.
My favourite addition to LFC has to be the little goal machine himself Luis Suarez what would we do without this bag of tricks, Luis has become an instant hit with Liverpool fans and rightly so, he terrorises defences and has vision that some can only dream about.
Right now the squad and fans need a Luis Suarez around, someone who has hit the ground running and excites every match he plays, its vital that we offer Suarez European football that’s why in January we need to spend in the transfer market to enhance the squad so that its capable of a top four finish.
Another top signing was Enrique, what a player he has become so far for us, when Liverpool announced that we had signed him there was some who doubted his ability but I can honestly say I was not one of them.
Enrique has proved that he is a tremendous full back and a threat going forward, he has already become a hit with the Anfield faithful and is certainly well on course to become one of our best full backs ever.
Stewart Downing for me has been slightly disappointing only because he hasn’t shown us the real Downing yet, we all know Downing’s ability but Andy Carroll relies on such service and I believe if Downing can hit form then so will Carroll as both players performances are unknowingly linked.
Downing is another player who needs to adjust to life at Liverpool but needs to start producing so that Carroll can get access to good quality service.
The return of Bellamy to LFC was for me a pleasing one, last time round Bellamy never really got a crack at it, but under Dalglish he will prosper and get more opportunities.
Craig Bellamy is a great powerful striker who has speed, a top-notch finish and a creative side to his game as we all saw against Chelsea.
Bellamy doesn’t need time he already knows LFC and what it stands for, that’s why he came back.
Coates is one fantastic talent Dalglish has brought into the club, he is young, strong and already an international CB, this was a buy for the future if ever there was one, believe me he will be massive for LFC.
Dirk Kuyt is Mr dependable, he gives 101% every time he puts on the shirt and you would be hard pushed to find the commitment that he gives in most young players today.
But age is cruel and there will come a point when a younger player will command the first refusal, Dirk can never be faulted on effort but he does tend to play sloppy balls and has the tendency to give away the ball needlessly.
If there was ever a player who LFC fans should embrace into their hearts its Lucas, this is a player who got ridiculed two seasons ago by supporters and was one of the most unpopular players in the squad, well now look at him.
He has transformed into arguable the best DM in Europe and certainly the best DM in the Premiership, he symbolises what LFC is all about and he gets it, he never run to the hills when times where hard or curl up into a shell, he came out fighting like the club does when times are hard to prove himself to the fans and other squad members that he is a good player and will make it.
And even better for us is that he loves the club and wants to stay.
Now we come to a point of realisation, our legends Gerrard and Carragher will be out of the team more than in it, it was inevitable that at some point the injuries and age will start to take their toll and both of them.
We may still have them for a couple of seasons but realistically not more than that, this is why we have to give the new players more time and support, because we have to move on and we can only do that if we get behind the team and give them our support and in turn am sure they will put in the performances.
We all know that not every signing will work out regardless of talent or potential sometimes it just doesn’t happen, but we as supporters have to do our bit too, we need to encourage our players not discourage, we need to withhold our judgements until its right to air them because now is not the time, we need to live up to our reputation as Liverpool fans not as instant coffee fans like Chelsea or City.
We are Liverpool fans now start to show it.