When Luis Suarez left Liverpool to seal his dream move to Barcelona, the Reds faced a question that AC Milan among others had faced before: Bring in a player of similar quality or buy an entire team.Liverpool opted for the latter. A decision that they came to regret in the retrospect. Liverpool turning a new leaf in the Transfer market in 2016 While the negotiations for the Uruguayan were going on, a transfer for the unsettled Alexis Sanchez seemed logical. The Reds were believed to be in the negotiations and the player was wooed.
However, it was Arsenal who turned out be his preferred destination and with that the first option was exhausted for Liverpool. The Chilean was a player in Suarez’s mould. Running himself to the ground, he gave much more to Arsenal than just goals just as Suarez did for Liverpool. Having missed out, the infamous “Transfer Committee” at Merseyside based club procured potential ahead of proven winners. With a plethora of signings, it was expected that Brendan Rodgers would have ample quality at his disposal to deal with the demands of Champions League as well as challenge for the top-four. However, the 6-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City on the final matchday of 2014-15 season had laid bare the failures that were suspected prior to the commencement of their challenge.
The signings in the summer of 2014 highlighted what was wrong with recruitment drive post the departure of former manager Rafael Benitez.Whereas the Spaniard is lauded to his day for the overhaul in their academy that produced the likes of Raheem Sterling, his incomings were the success that was expected of them, in some cases even exceeding the expectations. Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres.
Liverpool turning a new leaf in the Transfer market in 2016
All left as superstars that left the Liverpool with a hefty sum which was unfortunately not of much use due to the wretched finances because of their owners.The arrival of John W. Henry was expected to correct the course and set the Reds on their path of yesteryear glory days. However, the new owners had brought in their own sets of malaise which unfolded later. The dubious “Transfer Committee” was at the forefront of acquisitions in the summer of 2014. The result? Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert,Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi and Mario Balotelli.
None of them suitable for the qualities that manager Brendan Rodgers was looking to instill in the team. Prior to Balotelli, Andy Carroll had the dubious distinction of being the “Big mistake” as a signing. The signing of Balotelli however cast his own arrival in a pale shadow. The Italian was never in Rodgers’ plans. In the USA preseason tour, the Northern Irishman had dismissed the rumours of a signing of Balotelli. However, the Transfer Committee, for the reasons best known to them decided to bring the striker to Anfield. It was not going to work out. Everybody, including then captain Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers saw it, the club didn’t. A few months after his sacking, Rodgers revealed the motive of the Board. “They thought they were bringing a £50 million player for £20 million”.
Dismissing the manager’s reservations, Balotelli proved to be a failure a year on. The last summer, Rodgers survived the sack but the transfer business followed the same pattern.Christian Benteke, an obvious stylistic mismatch was signed irrespective of his shortcomings that were visible prior to his arrival. The result? Benteke is already been linked with a host of clubs, most recently Crystal Palace had been linked with securing his services.
The arrival of Jurgen Klopp provided the much-needed boost the Reds were looking for. However, there were also concerns regarding his adjustment with the transfer committee.If the business concluded from January 2016 till now is anything to go by, the board of John W. Henry has finally learnt its lesson and have done business, mainly incomings, with a purpose that has some resemblance to the Rafael Benitez era. Marko Grujic, Lorius Karius, Joel Matip are shrewd signings and are bound to be a good bargain. And where big money was asked by Klopp, the logic was palpable. Sadio Mane is the third costliest signing by the Reds but his suited to the style to be employed by Klopp. Fast, skillful and hardworking, he has all the ingredients Klopp requires for executing his game plan. The recent acquisition of Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle will provide them with a creative outlet that they sometimes lacked while breaking down stubborn defences.
While all the talk has surrounded the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United with their big name signings, there has been a change in approach in acquisitions at Anfield.One whose effects might be felt later.