Liverpool

The Real Question Must Be ‘Is He Worth More Than £10M?’

With the Barclays Premier League kicking off next weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ is keen to continue building his side for the opening weekend. After securing the services of Joe Allen this week, attention has turned at Liverpool to sealing a deal for Clint Dempsey.

With Rodgers’ desperate to get the American, Charlie Adam’s Liverpool days could be numbered. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are keen to use the Scot as a makeweight in their efforts to get Dempsey to Anfield. So far Liverpool have yet to agree on a deal with Fulham for the 29-year-old, who is valued at around £10m, yet it is thought that the inclusion of Adam in a deal might help speed up the process.

There may be fans that question Rodgers decision to simply cast aside Adam yet lets look at the facts. Dempsey is easily the better player and with Lucas Leiva healthy, Joe Allen arriving and Jonjo Shelvey having a surprisingly good preseason Adam certainly finds himself surplus to requirements with a lot to prove at Anfield.

Dempsey would bring the goal threat that Liverpool desperately craves and it is crucial for Rodgers to try and get a deal done as soon as possible. Along with helping create chances and scoring goals, Dempsey brings vital Premier League and international experience to a young Liverpool side that is developing under the tutelage of Rodgers and captain Steven Gerrard.

Talking about goal threats, an update on the Andy Carroll situation. With West Ham cooling their interest after the number 9 demonstrated his reluctance to move to East London, Liverpool now look set to try and get a deal done to ship the former Magpie back to the North East.

Personally, I have been against such a deal for an extended period of time. The former Newcastle player certainly got stronger towards the end of last season and in the European Championships and should be given a fair chance in Brendan Rodgers’ passing system in my book. Carroll looked impressive today in Liverpool’s friendly win over Bayer Leverkusen and losing him would only leave three strikers in the squad (Sterling, Suarez and Borini). Unless Rodgers has someone else lined up, losing Carroll is simply too big a risk to take.

Liverpool fans should be looking forward to this season in my opinion. In Rodgers we have a bright young coach who is introducing an attractive style of football at Liverpool with a youthful squad. The Northern Irishman has already shown in the transfer window that he is not afraid to make big decisions, something that will certainly help as the season progresses.

Losing Adam would certainly not be a major loss, especially if Dempsey is acquired in the process. Yet the exit of Andy Carroll – I have a feeling that might come back to bite us.

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