Jose Enrique. Luis Suarez. Andy Carroll. Jordan Henderson. Sebastian Coates. Stewart Downing. Charlie Adam. Craig Bellamy. Doni.
These are the nine players to have joined Liverpool since Kenny Dalglish returned to Liverpool last January. The cost? Approximately £115 million.
Let’s start with most expensive, Andy Carroll. £35 million. And for what? People say he’s improving, he’s trying hard, and he’s getting in the right areas. Well, I’m not buying it.
For the money spent on him, you’d expect him to be doing all of these things, oh, and scoring goals. Twenty-two appearances in the Premier league this season has yielded three goals and one assist. Those are the statistics. Tragic reading.
Then there’s Jordan Henderson, seen as ‘one for the future’. £20 million pounds for Henderson. Are you serious? He’s done absolutely nothing to live up to this price tag so far, the twenty-one year old only managing to produce a string of lethargic and uninspiring performances.
I’ll move onto Stewart Downing. Aston Villa’s player of the year last year, the England international has been in scintillating form for The Reds this season. Zero goals and zero assists in nineteen Premier League starts shows Kenny has pulled off yet another masterstroke.
How could I forget Luis Suarez? After spending almost £23 million on a man who has single handedly tarnished his clubs reputation, a man couldn’t be faulted for admitting he’s made a slight error.
Not Kenny though. Taking siege mentality to a new level, Kenny maintains Suarez’s innocence, saying he ‘should never have been away’, following his return from an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra. Smooth. On the pitch he’s undoubtedly talented, but is a return of five goals in nineteen games really that impressive?
Bringing Charlie Adam in for £5 million is one of Kenny’s successes. Whilst he hasn’t reached the heights he did at Blackpool, Adam is a quality player who has put in some impressive performances.
Another one of Kenny’s better pieces of business was bringing in Jose Enrique. The left-back has been consistent throughout the season and at £5 million, he has been worth every penny.
In a twist of bitter irony, Kenny’s best signing is one he brought in for nothing. Craig Bellamy has been outstanding this season. At 32, the fiery Welsh forward still has the beating of most defenders, and with six goals and two assists, Bellamy has proved he can still compete at the top level. The Anfield crowd have really warmed to him, the passion he shows on the pitch really striking a chord with the Liverpool faithful.
The remaining two signings, Doni and Sebastian Coates, have yet to make their Premier League debuts.
So, while I’ll admit Bellamy, Adam and Enrique were good signings, the performances of Downing, Carroll and Henderson have shown them to be a downright waste of money so far. As for Suarez, he really hasn’t been worth the trouble.
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