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A Case Of Too Much Too Soon For Liverpool?
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago
With Liverpool welcoming Champions League football back to Anfield for the first time since 2009 next season, the Merseysiders have unsurprisingly been exceptionally busy in the transfer market this summer.

The signings of Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, along with Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can, have all been officially confirmed, whilst Belgium's Divock Origi and Benfica's Lazar Markovic are excepted to soon follow suit.

And following the announcement this morning that Luis Suarez has now joined Barcelona in a reported £75million deal, Brendan Rodgers will be expected to continue investing in a bid to fill the enormous void the talisman striker will inevitably leave behind.

But one lingering concern persists, tickling away at the underbelly of what has already been a rather dramatic summer for Liverpool fans. Although Rodgers' desire to improve his squad as much as possible for next season is more than understandable, will it eventually become a case of too much too soon in the transfer market for the Reds?

My fears stem from last summer where Tottenham found themselves in a remarkably similar situation, the obvious parallel being Gareth Bale's record-breaking move to the other Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Keen to improve their strength in depth whilst also compensating for the Welsh wizzard's £86million departure, the Lilywhites went on a £110million summer spending spree, bringing in the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela to name four of their seven additions.

All coveted names, all with preceding reputations. But making so many changes to the White Hart Lane roster in the space of a single transfer window had an enormously debasing effect on the club. For starters, Andre Villas-Boas was out of the job before the turn of 2014, and despite many tipping Spurs to launch a dark-horse challenge for the Premier League title, they eventually finished the term disappointingly in seventh-place.

Of course, there are notable differences. Tottenham's most intrinsic mistake was ousting 1406-games worth of Premier League experience, through the sales and departures of Clint Dempsey, William Gallas, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, David Bentley, Scott Parker and Gareth Bale, and replacing it with seven players who had never plied their trade at any level of the English game before. In that regard, it's no surprise that the North Londoners' summer 2013 cast, with the exception of Christian Eriksen, failed to deliver in their first season at the Lane, closely resembling a gang of stranger mercenaries.

In contrast, Liverpool have already acquired two established Premier League talents in Lambert and Lallana - two players who, in my opinion, have already demonstrated their utility to the Reds' adventurous and energetic style. Their transitions to the Anfield scene, in theory at least, should be relatively trouble-free. Likewise, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Simon Mignolet, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger in the side, even considering the rumoured departures of Kolo Toure and Lucas Leiva, in addition to Suarez, the Reds will hardly be left short of Premier League experience.

But the sheer scale of Liverpool's dealings this summer is what produces the most prevailing concerns. Rodgers has already spent around £40million on Lallana, Lambert and Can, and the expected arrivals of Markovic and Divock Origi will likely see that figure exceed the £70million mark.

With Suarez now a Barcelona player, there will be an expectation for the Anfield gaffer to continue spending. Dejan Lovren is another Southampton star firmly in the Reds' transfer crosshairs, Ben Davies, Alberto Moreno and Ryan Bertrand have all been mooted as potential remedies to Liverpool's left-back woes, and now Rodgers has the task of replacing the irreplaceable in sourcing an adequate replacement for the Uruguayan.

And let us not forget splashed out £38million on Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho last summer - four players who had never set foot in the Premier League before.

In some senses, Rodgers' hands are tied. What option does he have? Not reinvesting the Suarez fund? Ignoring the added burdens Champions League football will inevitably have on Liverpool's domestic campaign? Trusting what he's got already -a squad with notable weaknesses that clearly played a level above its actual quality last season?

People will expect the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Jon Flanagan to continue improving following their breakthrough campaigns, whilst Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard remain undisputed stellar Premier League talents. But expecting them to collectively fill Suarez's talismanic void, whilst competing on the new front of the Champions League, is unquestionably a challenge too far for Liverpool's current squad.

However, Tottenham's troubling 2013/14 campaign is certainly a lesson to bear in mind - their ultimate failing being spending where they didn't need to and attempting to build a team that can challenge the Premier League's established order in the space of a single transfer window.

Patient growth, working from the ground up and cautious spending have been integral pillars of Brendan Rodgers' Anfield tenure thus far - deviating away from them this summer, and subsequently falling into the same traps as Tottenham, could prove disastrous.

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Naushad (Mohammedan Dhaka) 2 years ago
Might not win anything but top 4 finish it a must. But will be very difficult

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