The build up to the new Premier League campaign stokes intrigue and unbridled passion among football fans. Pertinent questions regarding who will be signing, leaving and how much money is going to be spent on new additions, all have fans clamouring to voice their opinions. For the first time in four years, the majority of Liverpool fans are actually feeling a sense of genuine excitement with the concoction of Rodger’s style of football and getting the bulk of the players he wants to fit into his system.
Talk of the deadwood of Anfield being cleared out, to make way for new acquisitions has been the first bit of good news for the Kopites. Andy Carroll’s proposed move to Upton Park is all but completed having passed a medical and agreed a six year deal worth £85,000 a week. Liverpool will receive in excess of £15m with an additional £2 million in add-ons should he hit specific goal-scoring and assist targets. That will be given back to Carroll due to him being shoved out of the door and not demanding a transfer request.
Stewart Downing’s future is also up in the air with many feeling that Rodgers does not fully trust Downing. He rarely produces the goods consistently enough, particularly in the big games, when he seems to go missing. The Liverpool stalwart Pepe Reina may also be on his way with the possible signing of Simon Mignolet being touted from Sunderland. Negotiations are expected to be concluded at the end of the week for about £9m, with Reina possibly departing for a similar fee to his beloved Barcelona. His reliability has somewhat floundered in recent seasons and he started making uncharacteristic mistakes last season.
With these high earners off the books, one player the fans do not want departing is talisman Luis Suarez. Having been through a myriad of problems including charges of racism and violent conduct where he bit a fellow professional, the club was left disenchanted with him expressing his desire to leave.
Titillating the fangs of Madrid via a number of pathetic interviews, he has all but declared that they are his choice of destination. Whilst the Bernabeu’s interest in Suarez is legitimate, he too remains stuck between a rock and a hard place, as Real Madrid’s hunt of Gareth Bale begins to take shape. There is a glimmer of hope that he may remain at Anfield, as he has talked of how no offers have been made and that he still has a contract with Liverpool that’s binding. Madrid remains hesitant to meet the £40 million clause that is the pre-requisite to get the deal done, especially with the funds that are going to be needed to stump up for Bale.
Should the transfer take place, Liverpool could raid Madrid for one of their young starlets in the form of Alvaro Morata (The Mirror have linked the youngster to Anfield). A player earmarked for the future; he has the potential to play across the front three attacking positions and as a proper number nine, with his nous for goal poaching and exquisite finishing ability. The Galacticos would loathe to lose him but may be prepared to offload him as they seek a new forward to compete with Karim Benzema, with Gonzalo Higuain looking likely to depart for Arsenal.
The flurry of activity in the loan market may also become apparent, with Rodgers hoping some of his youngsters will get the chance for game time to hone their experience and continue their transition from the U21’s to provide healthy competition next year. Raheem Sterling looks to have established himself in the first team squad. Andre Wisdom may be loaned out to Fulham and there are talks of Suso and Shelvey following suit across to Premier League newcomers. The likes of Jay Spearing and John Flanagan may be offloaded to help free up squad places for further possible signings.