Ok, I have bad news, good news and great news. The bad news is that the season is over and all we have to compensate for our lack of Premier League football is the Confederations Cup and England World Cup Qualifiers. However, the good news is that I won’t be saying anything as bad as that again. And the great news is that the Dugout has returned for a little pre- transfer talk.
So hear we go then and focusing on the attack of the team and once again Liverpool have been linked with Spanish hit man David Villa. Now this would be a great purchase for the reds especially considering the already existing connection between Villa and Torres. Also, Valencia’s current financial crisis is making a transfer for David Villa looking almost imminent and having already been linked with teams such as Chelsea and Liverpool. I don’t think anyone will have a say if Man City go ahead and make an alleged £70 Million bid for him. (WOW I never thought I’d say that)
Alongside the claims that we’re looking at Villa. Reports are circulating regarding the future of Carlos Tevez. Now I love seeing United in disarray and their star players wanting to leave and there’s no doubting Tevez’s ability but I would prefer to see us get a different striker because I don’t know how a Tevez and Torres partnership would work.
The main thing that no-one seems to consider when creating these rumours is that any of these transfers would require the player being placed straight into the first team and honestly were would they fit? I mean our midfield of Kuyt, Alonso, Mascherano and Riera/Benayoun is almost flawless so adding a striker would mean Gerrard would need to be moved into midfield but where could he go? No- one wants to drop either Mascherano or Alonso and I personally don’t want to see him out on the right again.
So maybe a new first string striker isn’t the way to go. But we do need a striker to back up Nando as we have found to our cost at the start of last season. So good second string strikers like Giovanni Dos Santos from Spurs, Bojan from Barcelona, out of favour Adriano from Inter or even Martins from Newcastle would fit nicely into that role in my opinion.
So what about other areas of the team? Centre back? Well there’s no denying that the loss of Hyypia will big blow but we still have Carragher, Agger and Skrtel so I think were safe in that department. Full Backs? I personally think that Arbeloa and Aurelio do the job perfectly for us but if you were going to change it, who would you get? Sergio Ramos from Madrid? Lahm from Bayern Mŭnchen? Personally I think our defence should stay just as it is, it has proved effective last season it’ll hold up this season.
What about the alleged transfer of Valencia’s David Silva to Anfield? I watched Silva in Spain’s triumphant Euro 2008 campaign and he looked like a decent winger with a fair bit of pace and the ability to place a good cross and through ball to the runner. So he wouldn’t be a bad player but again who would you drop from the first team to compensate him? Preferably he’s a left winger so that would result in Riera or Benayoun losing their place for him. I wouldn’t agree with that decision because I like both of them players. So where would he play?
Finally then, I am so glad to see Benitez waving away all rumours about Madrid buying Alonso. I hope Xabi stays because his passing can slice open any team at any time. But I guess we’ll have to see how everything pans out over the summer.
As always leave your comments and don’t hesitate to argue with me if you don’t agree and I’ll be back when the first big talking point arises within the Liverpool camp.