It’s going to be a busy summer at Anfield as we improve the squad for next season. This morning Pepe Reina confirmed that he seeked assurance from the club that everything would be done to improve and strengthen the squad for next season. Pepe revealed he had a meeting with Damien Comolli who outlined the clubs summer transfer plans, he has since pledged his future to Liverpool FC and confirmed he is very excited for the future at Liverpool FC.
In recent weeks the younger players have come in and done brilliantly and if you look at the under 16′s, 17′s, 18′s and reserve teams Liverpool clearly have the best young talent in the country. These great young players are the future of Liverpool FC and their development and progression through the academy is the most important part of our club apart from this summers transfer dealings. The game on Sunday against Spurs confirmed more than ever that as well as the young players have done they are for the future and if Liverpool want to win the league next year we need to do a lot of business in the summer transfer market and have greater quality, options and strength within our squad, basically world-class players which the younger players can support.
Watching Lucas & Spearing in the centre of midfield on Sunday was like watching Lucas & Mascherano after Alonso left us two years ago under Benitez, great at breaking the play up but don’t offer enough creativity going forward, one of them in the middle fine but not two plus we need more pace and width in the wide areas.
TWO TEAMS AND FORMATIONS TO CHALLENGE FOR THE LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
The first formation is what we have been playing recently under Kenny but with the addition of Cahill, Clichy, Parker & Aguero every position has quality and apart for Martin Kelly experience.
This is the formation we used when we beat Chelsea at the Bridge which is actually two formations in one, when attaching Kelly and Clichy can get forward and offer the width and support the attaching Aguero & Meireles with Gerrard sitting and when defending Kelly & Clichy can tuck in with the back three with Suarez dropping off to support Aguero, Gerrard & Meireles, this is my favourite as it offers so much flexibility with the interchanging of positions from world-class technical players, I don’t see Barcelona having anything better.
To achieve this team we would need to spend £70m along with the back up of Ashley Young, Charlie Adam & Charles Nzogbia for another £30m totalling an outlay of £100m. This a lot of money but what a first 11 we would have with Young, Adam, Nzogbia, Maxi, Lucas, Kuyt, Pacheco & Spearing on the bench, we would be back.
We would also sell Aquilani, Ngog, Cole, Johnson, Konchesky, Poulson, Kyrgiakos, Jovanovic, Degen, El Zhar & Insua which should bring in £50m-£60m and remove £30m a year off the wage bill, the new player coming in would put £20m a year on the wage bill.
To conclude we can have a world-class team as good as Barcelona with quality support within the squad and the best young talent around for a net spend of £40m-£50m and a £10m reduction on the annual wage bill.