The Guardian reports that Liverpool’s frenzied activity on transfer deadline day provides a clue as to Kenny Dalglish’s long term future at the club.
Having overseen the departure of Fernando Torres, bringing to an end the Spaniard’s three-and-a-half year love-affair with the Merseysiders, Dalglish was permitted to spend £22.8 million on Luis Suarez and £35 million on Andy Carroll.
Whilst credit must go to sporting director Damien Comolli too in identifying and pursuing those players, the fact that such a vast outlay was spent under Dalglish’s jurisdiction – especially considering Fenway Sport’s Group’s previous reluctance to spend vast outlays unless the right targets became available – surely infers that the Liverpool owners consider Dalglish to be a real candidate to take on the job full-time.
Carroll forced out.
Andy Carroll has claimed that he was forced into making a transfer request to leave Newcastle United, having completed one of the most sensational transfers on deadline day.
Between Liverpool’s rejected £25 million bid and upping their offer to £35 million, Carroll, the player argues, was told to submit a transfer request to Newcastle.
Indeed, it seems that Carroll still feels an affinity to Newcastle, despite departing. “Derek (Lambias, Newcastle’s managing director) asked me to hand in a transfer request, so I was pushed into a corner and had no choice,” he told The Guardian. “I didn’t want to leave. I’m gutted that I wasn’t wanted at my home team after everything I have done and all the progress I have made.” Liverpool will hope that his meteoric progression will continue apace on Merseyside.
Suarez had options.
Luis Suarez hopes to add his name to the list of players who have made Liverpool’s No. 7 shirt one of the most iconic in English football. Dalglish’s faith in the Uruguayan striker – nicknamed the “Cannibal of Ajax” for biting Ottman Bakkal during a league match against PSV – has been shown by giving him the shirt he made his own as he earned the moniker ‘King Kenny’ as a player on Merseyside.
“Luis Suarez is a fantastic signing for the club,” Dalglish told the Daily Telegraph. “He could have gone to other clubs, he had the choice of a few places, but he wanted to come here.” Suarez, along with Andy Carroll, it is hoped, will help Liverpool fans to forget Fernando Torres’ departure.