The floodgates are open at Anfield. After a disappointingly quiet opening to the transfer window on Merseyside, things have started to pick up pace as Brendan Rodgers’ builds his side for the 2012/2013 season.
With what seems to be a significant shift in playing philosophy, Kopites will certainly have their opinions on the comings and goings that are occurring around Anfield.
Although the headlines focus more on who is leaving Liverpool (Andy Carroll to be exact), attention should not be taken away from Rodgers’ work in the transfer market this summer. His desire to convert Liverpool into a more attacking 4-3-3 team has been evident from his transfer policy, with Liverpool concluding the purchase of Italian Fabio Borini earlier this week.
The 21 year old has played under Rodgers’ before in a 2011 loan spell at Swansea, as well as having English experience in the Chelsea reserve set up prior to heading back to his homeland. Most recently he enjoyed a successful spell at AS Roma, scoring 9 goals in 24 appearances for the Italian side.
With Liverpool desperately needing goals heading into next season, this is certainly a good buy for the club. Borini has shown he can score goals whilst playing the pressuring style of football that Rodgers’ wish to instigate at Anfield. The Italian youngster still has a lot to improve upon, yet his array of finishing touches and desire to be the first on the ball will excite Liverpool fans. If he adapts well and can develop properly into the striker he has the potential to be, Liverpool will have done some very shrewd business this summer.
Joe Allen is another target for the Red men as Rodgers’ raids his old club. Despite Swans boss Michael Laudrup stating that Allen couldn’t leave, Rodgers’ is reported to have told the Swans to name their price according to the Metro. Allen, currently with Team GB at the Olympic games, is highly regarded as one of the best upcoming passers in the Premier League and is touted to replace Steven Gerrard when the Liverpool captain chooses to retire if he moves to Anfield.
His abilities are exactly what Rodgers’ craves as he seeks to find an orchestrator in the midfield to operate his possession heavy philosophy. Yet with Swansea making it difficult to snag the youngster, Liverpool are considering alternatives including Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.
Another option would also be to give Alberto Aquilani another shot at success on Merseyside in a system that will surely suit him more than those operated by Rodgers’ predecessors. Nevertheless, if the boss can acquire Allen from Swansea then it will only add to the fervour of Liverpool fans who see next season as make or break for their club.
Whilst the majority of talk surrounding Liverpool is about Andy Carroll (as I alluded to before) this can only be seen as good business by the Liverpool boss. Rodgers has accepted that the Liverpool number 9 doesn’t fit into his system and is simply trying to regain some of the £35m transfer fee whilst the Geordie’s stock is on the rise.
In other news, the signing of Borini and courting of Allen are positive moves for Liverpool as they seek to build a talented, young side that can challenge for Europe again.
As a Liverpool fan, with Borini and potentially Allen playing for the Reds, I cannot wait until next season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!