It is no secret that Liverpool have been struggling this season. Roy Hodgson couldn't do much with an inherited squad that cost many times more than the Fulham team he had done so well with. After a run of poor results and after purchasing a few overly expensive players who have failed to impress, Hodgson got the boot. Too early? Yes, of course it was, but that doesn't seem to matter these days. Managers are getting hired and fired and an alarming rate and Hodgson knew that going in to the Liverpool job.
In comes King Kenny, the Liverpool legend. Will he do a better job that Hodgson? Doubtful. Dalglish has been out of management for a long time and when he was last in it he was rubbish. Unless he gets rid of some of the awful players at the club and brings in a few new faces, Liverpool are going to be languishing in mid-table for a few years to come...
...Which brings me nicely onto the point of this blog. Liverpool's rebuild.
What do they need? A long list of players actually, but the main ones would be a winger, another striker, a full-back and two centre-backs. Liverpool are lucky, in a way, because they already have talent down the spine of their team. Reina is a solid goalie, Gerrard is still one of the best midfielders in the world and Torres is a great striker. However, their supporting cast have not been so good this year.
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Some of their new players have been rubbish. None more so than Maxi Rodriguez and Christian Poulsen. Raul Miereles was in with a shout but he has started to improve and looks much more like the player we know he can be. Some of their new players have been OK, such as Kelly, who is looking like he could be a decent centre-back. He is a little inexperienced however and that has shown from time to time. None of their new players have been fantastic and none of those players would get into a Man Utd, Arsenal or Chelsea team.
Who is a potential target? Rumours have been floating around for a while that Liverpool want to sign Luis Suarez from Ajax. The striker has been in prolific form for the last few years and impressed representing Uruguay at the World Cup. He would be an excellent addition to the Liverpool squad because, right now, the Reds don't have someone, other than Torres, who can shoot properly. Kuyt works hard and Babel shows class on occasion but neither can be described as lethal finishers and neither hit enough goals in a season. The same could be said for David Ngog.
The Reds are also sniffing around Blackpool's Charlie Adam who has looked very good this year. Calm and assured, Adam's greatest asset is his vision and ability to pass the ball. Liverpool have not had that type of player since they sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid. Because Miereles and Gerrard are playing more of an attacking role for Liverpool, you would assume that Adam would fit perfectly behind them, bossing the midfield.
However, it is reported that Suarez is going to cost around 28 million pounds and Ian Holloway has stated that Liverpool's bid of 4 million for Adam is an “insult”. SO that means it is going to cost Liverpool at least 35 million pounds to capture just two players. If they want any more, then Dalglish could be looking at around 50 million pounds worth of spending, which is a lot of money. He has to get his decisions right as Liverpool have a recent history of wasting money. Perhaps some of King Kenny's worst players could be used in part exchange deals to reduce the overall costs.
Keep your eyes on Liverpool for now...
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