As soon as the season ends, an air of expectancy arises among the supporters. All of a sudden we seem to forget the gloomy days gone by and hope the sun will shine again in the campaign to come.
Well, I am speaking about the Liverpool FC supporters in particular. And by shining of the sun, I mean the arrival of new stars which might propel us back to where we belong. After the heights of 2013-14 season, we sunk to the bottom of the well again.
One would think Liverpool would want to rectify the mistakes of last summer. The transfer window hasn't even opened and we are already doing business. - but have we learnt from our past mistakes or are we going down the same path?
Will the clubs of London and Manchester look at our business and think that we will provide them competition for the top four? It seems that FSG are not willing to spend unless they can clear some of the dead wood that has accumulated in the team, and maybe after that the Red supporters can hope for more expensive and attractive arrivals.
It's easy to comprehend the idea to get Danny Ings, a future England striker for free, even though it will actually empty our pockets by a few millions. Undeniably, Ings has potential. However, we have been buying a lot of potential of late and last year was a prime example of that. Not to mention we were spending tens of millions on players with potential when an established star could have been available for a bit more if not the same price.
At this point after the two free transfers, it does look as if Brendan Rodgers is under the clear orders that he will not be trusted with any more transfers until an unless he can clear the flops from his squad.
Well I would't trust Brendan or Mr Ayre either, given the money they spent last year for almost no returns. At least if the signing of Ings doesn’t work out, the club won't take much of a financial hit.
Hence, the Reds transfer committee is looking to maximise the free market and snap up players who are out of contract and looking for pastures more greener. Or for someone like James Milner maybe not greener, just the promise of more playing time.
This can be considered quite astute, but only to a certain extent. The signing of players before a season begins can truly reflect the ambitions of the club in the season to come and the real judgement will be made when the transfer window shuts for the year and we know what other, if any, significant signings have been made.
Now is the litmus test for FSG. Do they see us as a Champions League club or just a money making organisation? They have to make a priority over the other. And for the sake of the Reds supporters, we hope, its the first. In that case we better start signing Champions League quality players.
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