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Liverpool transfer focus - Supporters concerned over Anfield transfer dealings


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By Mushtaq Quraishi

Friday 03 August 2012

Lacklustre Liverpool may have secured a 1-0 away victory in the first leg of their opening Europa League qualifier against Belarusian side FC Gomel courtesy of a terrific Stewart Downing strike, but the Reds' passionate Anfield support are still asking important questions about transfer arrivals and departures, with the Premier League season less than three weeks away.



So far, new manager Brendan Rodgers has only been able to draft in young Italian forward Fabio Borini from Roma, while the likes of ageing wingers Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt have departed. Some fans are slightly concerned that the team has not been strengthened enough ahead of the upcoming campaign.


Swansea’s young midfielder Joe Allen has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield and the Daily Mail suggests that the Welshman is edging closer to reuniting with his former manager. Alberto Aquilani, a £20m signing during the Rafael Benitez era, is expected to join Serie A side Fiorentina to make way for Allen's arrival, as again reported by the Daily Mail. However, there are still issues to be resolved before any deal for Allen goes ahead, with Liverpool currently unwilling to match the Swans' £15m valuation of their young star.


There are deep concerns over the future of defender Daniel Agger. The Dane has been attracting the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the Metro claims Premier League champions Manchester City have made bids of £13m and £16m to acquire his services. Agger and centre-back partner Martin Skrtel are considered to be key players at Liverpool and to lose either of the defensive duo would come as a huge blow to Rodgers.


The future of Andy Carroll is also uncertain. While supporters are split over whether he should be allowed to leave - West Ham are leading the chase for the young Englishman - an even bigger worry is the Reds' lack of options in the attacking department. Luis Suarez, Borini and Carroll can each play through the centre of a front three, so to lose Carroll would leave the Anfield outfit with too few candidates to slot into that role ahead of the new season. It appears as though another striker may be needed to ensure that Rodgers' side do not run dry of goals as they did as times last term.


Overall, there are worries about Liverpool's options in many departments. The possible loss of Agger would rock what was a relatively steady defence last season and would mean the Merseysiders would have to hunt for a new defender, while a deal for Swansea midfielder Allen is by no means complete. Furthermore, the Reds appear to be lacking options up front, so Rodgers still has a lot of work to do to improve the squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.


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By Joe Spade on 04 August 2012 at 10:51


I do find it strange that Agger has stated he's happy at LFC and wants to sign a new contract, and we haven't given him one. I'd have sent someone out with a contract for him the same day! Especially as they're letting the Skrtel issue drag on. Instead of denying Skrtel's for sale and offering him a new contract, we slap a 20m price tag on him. What sort of message does that send to him or potential suitors? When teams were sniffing around Reina, there was little or no 'hands off' message from the club, just slap a price tag on him and start looking at other players like Hugo Lloris. It seems like FSG are saying Agger, Skrtel and Reina (and probably any other player in the squad) are all available at the right price. All players can be replaced I guess, but losing one, two or all of these key players would be massive. Especially as Carroll, Bellamy, Doni and Jones might be on their way out, with Shelvey, Gulasci and Sterling looking at being shipped out on loan, and Aurellio, Maxi, Kuyt and Aquilani already gone. That would leave us relying on the likes of Downing, Adam, Cole, Carra and Spearing and that will not end well. I do hope we have some serious transfer targets lined up and this isn't some massive cash saving effort by FSG!


By Allan Mayanja on 03 August 2012 at 22:58


we need to replace Aquilani with a senior player for immediate results.


By Allan Mayanja on 03 August 2012 at 22:31


It is really good news for Aquillani to have gotten a club that would utilize him, because he has the talent though this wasn't proven while at Liverpool.


By mucheki on 03 August 2012 at 15:55


well we are concerned becoz rodgers and his team seem to be very slow on the market.they haggled with sigudson over wages,rite now they are hoggling with swansea over a difference of 2m,and they are delaying tying up ramirez's deal.b4 u know it spurs would have offered more for allen and they take him,city would have offered more for ramirez and take him.and we will again mourn saying hey the players are not liverpool material coz they are greedy.i want to trust rodgers but i just hope he is doing something good there,for our sake.we ahve suffered for long periods


By dean on 03 August 2012 at 14:02


IAN AYRE AND THE WHOLE BOARD NEED SACKING ASAP ? SLOW AS HELL HAGGLING OVER SECOND RATE PLAYERS,SELLING AQUAMAN FOR 4 MILLION EUROS,YET WE HAVE TO PAY HIS WAGES FOR 2 YEARS TO THE TUNE OF 3.4 MILLION EUROS :{ DISGRACEFUL MANAGEMENT TEAM...AND WE STILL HAVE SPEARING ADAM HENDERSON & DOWNING :{ ITS JUST SHOCKING !!! THE WHOLE LFC TEAM LAST EVENING WAS A DISGRACE,EXCEPT FOR LUCAS...WHERE GOING ONE WAY AND THATS DOWN DOWN DOWN...


By Gerrard on 03 August 2012 at 13:09


I hope rodgers knws what he is doing cos d league is abt to kick start he should bring in the likes of gaston ramirez,joe allen,and clint dempsey to foot the bill.


By Born2Die on 03 August 2012 at 12:45


Already the moaners are out and judging before anything as gone on. I think it would be stupid just to throw millions of pounds around. 18 months ago we were nearly into admin, short memories some fans and we haven't made the champions league in 3 years. Money does not grow on trees. Kenny done well but the 2nd half of last season was rubbish. Okay we missed chances but just because he is Kenny he shouldn't take some of the blame. If any other manager had that 2nd of season form they would be slated. Lose a lot of confidence of a lot of supporters, and how can you say a dead cert? judging by what we were 37 points away from 4th. Ve realistic


By ken on 03 August 2012 at 12:31


this is the most i have worried before a new season i have always had high expectations,the americans have said to lower them a bit,i didnt no they meant hit the floor,they are starting to lose the confidence from alot of supporters are they going to give brendon more money or have they got him in to shop in the bargain basement,last year the football was great kenny needed lucas and gerrard for a full season and a few more signings and top four you thought was a dead cert,they dont have a clue and whoever they have listened to hasnt or kenny would still be are manager.


By Chalmers on 03 August 2012 at 11:43


This is only something that I have said since before Rodgers came. FSG picked him to simply spend as little as possible and definitely UNDER the income from sales! We are going nowhere this season and it is no surprise if quite a few players decide enough is enough and move to top teams!


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

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