With the recent announcements of Sir Alex Ferguson’sretirement, David Moyes’ departure from Everton to United, Mancini’s axing, and the inevitable exit of Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez at the end of this season. Could there be a better opportunity for FSG to invest heavily into Liverpool FC?
Alright, I guess heavy investment is an exaggeration on my behalf, but if Liverpool are serious about their desire to reclaim their ‘rightful’ top 4 spot, shouldn’t FSG be planning ahead for the up-and-coming transfer window?
Last week, when questioned about next seasons targets, Brendan Rodgers stated…
“We can build towards that but we need more depth, we need some more (players) in the summer.”
“If we can do that we will be looking to make a real sustainable challenge next year for the top four.”
It’s true, the depth of a squad can sometimes be a key ingredient to mounting a serious push for a top four finish, but if BR and FSG are serious about achieving that, money has to be invested in quality players, not just depth.
By focusing on bringing in players to prosper your starting XI, you can automatically add depth, as players like Henderson and Downing become impact or rotational players. Of course this is an example if you aim to strengthen in those areas, but I’m sure you catch my drift..
And when you consider the recent rumors linking Ajax’s Christian Eriksen to Liverpool, it is obvious they are capable of making big improvements to their squad, they just have to find those players and bring them in at all cost.
With the inevitable pressure any new manager has when taking over a club, without even considering the clubs sheer size which can be recognized globally, you have to presume the dynamics of the EPL’s top four could be in some form of jeopardy. After all, whats the possibility that United, City and Chelsea once again finish in the top 3?
The importance of LFC finishing in one of those top 4 positions, could be crucial to keeping the magician that is Luis Suarez at the club, and that itself, would be some form of achievement. On top of that, they only have the league and domestic cup competition to concern themselves with next season, no excuses.
In terms of who they bring in, I won’t really go to deeply into it, but essentially LFC need to acquire a CB that can provide the squad with half the presence and influence Jamie Carragher has brought to the side in the past, especially with the likelihood of ‘out of flavor’ Martin Skrtel returning to former side Zenit St. Petersburg. They might also want to ponder bringing in another striker, considering Suarez will miss 6 matches at the start of the 13/14 campaign through suspension because of, well, you know what…
In order for FSG and BR to make great strides to their desirable objectives, signing players that are capable of performing on the European stage and furthermore are willing to buy into the ambition and long-term plan that they have in mind, is an essential key to moving forward, just like Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho did when they joined the LFC family.
Author: Matthew Lyons, 14/05/13