The Inevitable Story of Liverpool's Summer Transfers
Transfers; we all love to get excited by them as much as we are inevitably crushed when they don’t come off; or is that just Liverpool fans?
Either way, one of the key components the biannual scramble for signatures is the rumour mill or gossip stories. Call it whatever you will, every club has it; the cycle of ‘monitor’, ‘approach’, the of course the completion or collapse of the deal. Whether it’s just what the press would have us or the actual truth, it would appear that Liverpool are stuck in transfer purgatory: monitoring and assessing a player before Roman Abramovic gets his wallet out.
Regardless, it’s about the time of year we start hearing of who Rodgers might have his eye on, so here’s a quick selection of the players we could see in Liverpool red year; and why we more than likely won’t.
Christian Benteke – Aston Villa
Ironically the first name on this list is perhaps worryingly realistic; I say this on account of what will likely be needed for the big Belgian’s signature. At the time of writing, rumours are circulating that Liverpool would perhaps consider a bid in the region of £30 million. A certain pony-tailed Geordie comes to mind, no? Yes, there are clear differences between the two, and yes, Benteke is probably the superior of the two, but for £30 million there are far better options. It’s not only the financing that’d be baffling if this were to happen; Benteke is simply not what Liverpool need – not under Rodgers at least. Liverpool have played this season with two target men in Lambert and Balotelli; a third, (or at least a replacement for one of them) would be a more than questionable purchase. So, this transfer is not so much unlikely, as totally perplexing.
Mateo Kovacic – Inter Milan
From the same league but a generation apart, it seems that the media think that Liverpool’s ‘raid’ of Italy won’t stop at Pirlo. Kovacic is a name many will be hearing for the first time this summer, but you can be confident the Croatian’s name will be echoed around the world of football for years to come. At 21 the midfielder already has got Europe’s top clubs talking, and it seems Liverpool are trying to get in ahead of the crowd. It would appear there’s quite a lot going in Liverpool’s way in this instance – with Inter looking to fund a move for Yaya Toure; it would appear that they are willing to let their young star leave to the highest bidder. The problem here of course is that the Reds are unlikely to be the highest bidders, seeing as Kovacic’ talent is such that it won’t be long before European giants come to the table.
Andrea Pirlo – Juventus
Even typing the name felt like lunacy; this transfer is as likely as the Benteke one would be confusing, and yet reports emerged from Italian media that when the midfield veteran departs Turin, Liverpool would be his next stop. Laughably, the report went on to add that if he were to join it would be part of Rodgers’ plan to replace Steven Gerrard; a man 1 year younger than Andrea Pirlo. So before getting excited by certain media headlines, it’s important to remember that we’re talking about Liverpool here – and we’re talking about one of the best midfielders of the last decade. And most importantly, we’re talking about a transfer of such impossibility that if it were too happen, there could be nobody who could honestly say they expected it.
Moving around Europe now and into Spain, and another transfer target that always seems to come up this time of year. Liverpool evidently love a Spanish full back; to their collection of Moreno, Manquillo and Enrique they are now apparently keen on adding 21-year old Barcelona back-up Montoya. According to various sites this is a deal that could really go places; what these reports perhaps fail to recognise is that this is a deal that has failed to materialize in the past; a past when Liverpool owned Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, and Champions League spot. Now I’m not claiming to know what Montoya thinks exactly, but if all that couldn’t attract him, I doubt the Rickie Lambert, Joe Allen and the Europa League will quite do the job.
I suppose that was a glimpse of how a reporter must see Europe through his Liverpool tinted glasses – and that list of targets was, in honesty, realistic compared to certain reports. If a supporter can’t realise why the likes of Benzema and Cavani won’t join Liverpool, it’s safe to say they never will.
So while it is of course fun to dream of Reus and co. playing at Anfield next season, in reality they’re more likely to be doing so in Chelsea or City shirt.
You never know of course, signings can come from nowhere, but for now the safest bet on a Liverpool incoming is probably James Milner on a free.