Charlie Adam joining Liverpool shocked for all the wrong reasons.
In the not so distant past Liverpool were experiencing, shall we say a, turbulent period. And when we say turbulent, what we really mean is disastrous, shocking, disgraceful and embarrassing. The years following the famous Istanbul Champions League victory hadn’t been kind to the Reds; Rafa Benitez was gone, their long-term servants and iconic players were waning, so too were results, and their transfer policy was wayward to say the least.
Now, a lot could be said about the period Charlie Adam joined Liverpool. Roy Hodgson was a thing, for example. So it may seem a little harsh to suggest that he was one of the worst things to ever happen to the club. And maybe it is. But here we are.
Adam was a decent enough player at Blackpool, yes. The same way a professional footballer would look good playing Sunday league. He sprayed the ball around here and there, took a few decent corners and free-kicks whilst he was at it as well. Did his statistics a world of good, we admit. However, that was clearly a case of a big fish in a little pond – someone made to look infinitely better by his relegation fodder surroundings. Same goes for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Regardless, Kenny Dalglish made the midfielder his second summer signing for a fee estimated to be around £8.5million (as per Telegraph).
Obviously delighted with the fact that he had somehow stumbled his way into one of the most prestigious institutions in world football he told Liverpool FC TV (via BBC Sport): “I am absolutely delighted to be here.”
“It has been a long process but now I can’t wait to get started and hopefully this will be a successful period in my career and in the club’s history.”
“I see this as the perfect development for me to come here, play with such wonderful players and hopefully help the team to win trophies, because that’s the most important thing.”
Needless to say, none of the above materialised. Adam’s Sunday league traits were found out at the top level, and after just 37 appearances with the club – and admittedly a decent haul of 10 Premier League assists – he was moved on to Stoke City.