God, I love this man.
This is going to be a shockingly brief post for me - mostly because I have a wedding to continue getting ready for (just learned to tie a bow tie to complete the look with my seersucker suit....I'm handsome in an old-timey kind of way), but mostly because most of the news surrounding The Reds is complete conjecture. And, since my only sources on the EPL are a couple guys in Buffalo on Twitter, and the latest Google news searches, I'm going to keep this to what I know...which is basically nothing.
So, on to the footy.
With FC Buffalo off until next weekend, and USMNT generally making me want to puke out of frustration (a loss to Panama followed by scratching out a win against GUADALUPE? Even non-fans can probably guess that those are each embarrassing results). much of my attention has been focused on Liverpool and the deals being done and being contemplated at Anfield. Fans already saw that Dalglish was willing to make a splash during the in-season transfer window, as he parlayed the fee he received from Chelsea for a disgruntled and ultimately production-less Fernando Torres into the fees paid to secure Luis Suarez aka El Pistolero, and Andrew Carroll. While Carroll made only brief appearances due to his injury status at the time of the transfer, both players showed themselves to be settling into the "Liverpool way" by the time the EPL season wrapped up.
[Apologies for the shit quality of the videos....they're honestly the best you can find. Double apologies for the absurd music in the Suarez video. The British are a weird people when it comes to their musical tastes.]
Word on the interwebs is that King Kenny has been given an even wider latitude with the off-season transfer window. Giddy at the prospect of more and more big splashes though the summer, Liverpool fans have already seen good news over the past couple weeks. First, I give you Jordan Henderson, recent signing from Sunderland:
A regular on the U-21 English team, Henderson is a young homegrown talent that Kenny clearly wanted to get due to his youth, his quality and, well, because he's English. The EPL, I was surprised to learn, has requirements regarding the number of English-born players necessary to keep on a roster, and Kenny has been going over and beyond that with his transfer targets this summer. His stats aren't the most impressive I've ever seen, though his youth indicates that he'll likely keep getting better. Ideally, with the 38 game season, we could be looking at 10-15 goals from the kid. And with a midfield stacked with ridiculous veteran talent, I can't think of anywhere else that would foster Henderson's growth than Anfield.
Other transfer news has LFC rumored to be in on a number of other potential deals - 25 yr old French star Sylvain Marveaux, Serie A defender Christian Zapata (sign him now, please), AC Milan's Antonio Cassano, among others - though each hold varying degrees of likelihood. But, if you're like me, and you love the idea of increasing Liverpool's ranks with quality English talent, the guy you're chomping at the bit for is Charlie Adam.
With twelve league goals on a pathetic Blackpool squad that has since been relegated, Adam is looking to stay in the EPL this year by transferring to a new club. Even with the seeming overabundance of quality midfielders on the roster, Liverpool have been the front-runners in all conversations surrounding any potential move, though reports this week indicate that Aston Villa may also be looking to get in on this one
and cock-block Kenny in his moment of triumph. Eff that bullshit. Get this done Dalglish. Needless to say, a lot of exciting times to come over the next few weeks for the Reds.
Hopefully the majority of big moves can be made soon, before July 1st. My head may explode if I have to keep track of both EPL and NHL transfers/trades/signings. And, so this post will feel longer than it really is, another video to take us out. Cheers everyone, and have a fabulous and safe weekend. I'll see you all on the other side of twenty gin and tonics.
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