What a week once again for Liverpool! The Reds seems to be having too many of these topsy-turvy weeks lately!
As the transfer window drew to a close this week, Liverpool finished most of their business, once again clearing some players who would not fit in to Brendan Rodgers’ style. The outs were Charlie Adam (Stoke), Nathan Eccleston (Blackpool), Jay Spearing (loan – Bolton) and (controversial!) Andy Carroll (loan – West Ham). The only incoming player was Samed Yesil from Bayer Leverkusen. Best of luck to all the players coming or going!
While the transfers will have done a lot to reduce the wage bill, the squad does look thread-bare, particularly in strike as Liverpool only have Suarez and Borini as strikers and seeing both are expected to start the games things can become tough easily if injuries start to kick in. Brendan will be keeping his fingers crossed on that one! Lucas also picked up another knock that is likely to keep him out until January so another blow to an already skint squad.
Liverpool’s transfer dealings mainly highlight an important point, that you can be sure that FSG are only going to spend money that Liverpool can afford to spend and not pile ridiculous debt on to the club. While it will be difficult to immediately be successful using this policy, it is eventually sustainable and future-proof.
Once more while the squad is thinner than last season the quality in the starting eleven has improved and this way of doing business makes sense, buy the players you are confident of rather than a trial and error method. Looking at a player like Joe Allen, he has fit right into the squad as though he has been playing for years. As such Brendan Rodgers is likely to pick particular players he is confident will fit in and add quality to the squad. To those clamoring for FSG to explain themselves over the lack of transfer activity, be patient!
So building up on the excellent league performance against the champions last week, the Reds now face Arsenal at Anfield. Both teams have had a slow start to the season and naturally both will be looking for points here. Arsenal do have quite some players out with injuries and following Tottenham dropping points on Saturday, the Reds will be looking to take advantage of that and kick start their campaign.
My predicted lineup would be:
Johnson – Skrtel – Agger – Enrique
Allen – Shelvey
Suarez – Sterling
Back 5 pretty much choose themselves. Allen, amazingly has become an automatic starter in this new look Liverpool side. Shelvey deserves another chance after his brilliant performance against City, gave Toure something to think about! Gerrard too an automatic selection. In the front three, we honestly can’t say whether B-Rod will give Sterling the nod over Downing or even Assaidi (doubtful!). While Sterling is an amazing player and would have a right go at Arsenal’s defenders, his age becomes a problem if he is to play regularly. We don’t want to risk burning him out.
Those were my two cents! I hope we go out and smash Arsenal!