|Going British | Liverpool’s summer targets
| James McCarthy
It’s the most interesting time of any year, fans are all watching the transfer market to see who’s coming in and who’s going and preparing to see their new team line up for the season ahead. And today, it’s all about who’s coming in for Liverpool FC, the British players whom Liverpool are interested in.
Well, I am going to start on Liverpool’s interest in Blackpool’s Charlie Adam. A lot are interested for the midfielder, whom is all but certain of leaving Blackpool in the summer, as a result of Blackpool’s relegation from the Premier League, so Liverpool will have a rather simpler task of convincing him to move on.
But a stumbling block is that many of the top clubs are interested in the Scotsman, with Tottenham almost sealing a deal for the free kick ace on deadline day of the January transfer window. Along with Tottenham, Manchester United are also known admirers of the 25 year old.
But do we really need him? I personally don’t think that we need another central midfielder anymore. Now we have Gerrard, Meireles, newly transferred former Sunderland player Jordan Henderson, Lucas and even the returning-from-loan Alberto Aquilani. So my answer to that, we personally don’t need another central midfielder.
Another question: How big is Liverpool’s interest? Well, the answer to that, their transfer interest is quite big indeed. The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Star have all run very similar stories, with Kenny Dalglish wanting Charlie Adam to follow Henderson in joining the Merseyside outfit.
(Note: Scotland is a part of British territory)
Apparently, he has been made ‘Liverpool’s Number 1 priority’ following the signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland. Liverpool have already made a rejected bid of 7 million pounds just several weeks ago and they are set to launch another bid for the young Englishman sometime soon.
Liverpool became interested in the January transfer window, following the departure of star striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea. But they couldn’t exactly come to an agreement with the Championship club then. But now it looks like they have the resources and time to haggle their way towards a deal.
And so now I ask the question: Do we need him? My answer: it wouldn’t matter too much. The reason I say that is because although Liverpool have a more than capable strikeforce in Carroll and Suarez, it won’t hurt for an extra backup man as Ngog is set to leave in the summer. Along with that reason, he’s one for the future and could really shape up into a real Michael Owen (when he was younger).
The second question, how likely is this move? And the answer: Almost certain. Liverpool have made him their priority following their signing of Henderson and them losing out on Phil Jones, so you can most certainly bet on this move without the fear that you would lose money.
Another young Scotsman who is capable of great things. Young and talented, his second goal against Blackburn Rovers this season was incredible, taking it in, juggling the ball (the nerve of doing that!) and then finishing it in the bottom left hand corner. Talent.
Do We Need Him? Once again, I bring up the fact that we have more than enough central midfielders, but McCarthy is pretty versatile, because he can play on both the left and right hand side of midfield as well, a good passer and a decent crosser, we certainly need someone out on the wings, so McCarthy could just be our man.
How Likely? A few weeks ago, I would have said that this one would have been almost certain, but times have changed, and I haven’t exactly heard of any developments from the Liverpool camp over this pending move, with more news to do with Wickham, but I guess he is in Kenny Dalglish’s wish list, so this probably will happen.