Liverpool enjoy healthy transfer deals

Damien Comolli, the new owners and Kenny Dalglish have radically rebalanced the football squad in a manner many did not believe possible in a single transfer window.

Highly paid and under performing players have been dispatched, whilst a younger and hungrier looking Liverpool side has been assembled.

Our net summer spending of just over £30M has been matched by, what some have suggested, has been a £30M reduction in the annual wage budget.  Taking Liverpool away from the dark days of the Hicks and Gillett debt-laden machinery, in to arguably one of European football’s leanest and most efficient operations.

The reds now look like a club on a sound financial footing, with the playing staff and coaching staff ready to move the club forward, and more importantly with the funds ready to make further moves as and when required.

LFC Arrivals Summer 2011

Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) £16,000,000
Charlie Adam (Blackpool) £6,500,000
Alexander Doni (AS Roma) £FREE
Stewart Downing (Aston Villa) £18,000,000
Jose Enrique (Newcastle Utd) £5,500,000
Sebastian Coates (Nacional) £7,000,000
Craig Bellamy (Man City) Free

Total = £53M

LFC Departures Summer 2011

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) £1,500,000
Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg) Free
Milan Jovanovic (Anderlecht) Free
Christian Poulsen (Evian) Undisclosed
David Ngog (Bolton) £4M
Raul Meireles (Chelsea) £13M
Nabil El Zhar – Released
Emiliano Insua (Sporting Lisbon) Free
Philipp Degen – Released
Joe Cole (Lille) On Loan
Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan) On Loan
Gerardo Bruna (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Chris Mavinga (Rennes) £1,000,000
Thomas Ince (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Daniel Ayala (Norwich) £800,000

Total = £20.3M

To analyse the changes undergone at Liverpool, it is hard to fathom that the club now pays far less out in wages especially when you note a comparison between two teams.

This team is the reds 18 man squad for our first game in September last year.

Reina, Konchesky, Skrtel, Carragher, Johnson, Rodriguez, Lucas, Gerrard, Poulsen, Jovanovic, Torres
Bench: Jones, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Meireles, Pacheco, Babel, Ngog

This season the reds should be able to field a stronger first team and substantially stronger bench.

Reina, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Johnson, Downing, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Carroll, Suarez
Bench: Doni, Bellamy, Adam, Coates, Kuyt, Skrtel, Kelly

Liverpool FC are no doubt targeting a return to the Champions League as soon as possible.  But this summer they have not only given themselves a real chance to do that, but they have also ensured that should the reds miss out to the other big spending clubs, the club will be financially sound enough to prevent wholesale departures and once again re-invest for the future.

If, as we all hope, we do qualify for the CL this season – then again – the reds are perfectly placed to go out and have many more successful transfer windows.

8 comments on
Liverpool enjoy healthy transfer deals

  1. It was a good transfer window for us only that i hope we’re not caught short in midfield now. Gerrard seems to be constantly injured whilst we’ve got rid of four other midfielders. Spearing is half decent, we could need him but i don’t rate John Jo Shelvey who offers us nothing other then square balls.

    Glad to see the return of Bellamy at the expense of David N’gog who was never good enough so we’ve gained up front providing a much better overall balance.

  2. Now we have got rid of a lot of deadwood and also wages,. we have players who want to see the reds get 4th place.i am really looking forward to see the difference in results on the pitch..

  3. People, Meireles isn’t all that. He had a dozen or so good games in a poor team last season. He’s lightweight and would never get in the centre of midfield witha  fit Gerrard, Adam and Lucas around. He’s no wide player either. We’ve made money on the guy so that isn’t too bad either. In addition, what other option did we have? He wanted out at the 11th hour. not a lot we can do in a situation like that. my only regret is that we didn’t include Sturridge or Anelka in any deal.

  4. People, Meireles isn’t all that. He had a dozen or so good games in a poor team last season. He’s lightweight and would never get in the centre of midfield witha  fit Gerrard, Adam and Lucas around. He’s no wide player either. We’ve made money on the guy so that isn’t too bad either. In addition, what other option did we have? He wanted out at the 11th hour. not a lot we can do in a situation like that. my only regret is that we didn’t include Sturridge or Anelka in any deal.

  5. What a difference a year makes 😉 Things are coming together nicely.
    Bill I like your last wish and I think there’s quite a few that will also agree with you.

  6. We now have a black hole in midfield with the departure of Raul Meireles especially with Gerards injury problems, I personally think this will be his last season, if he ever gets started.  But my One over riding wish is that Raul is as much use to the Chelskis as Benyloon and Torres the grass is greener brigrade.

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