Are we being sold down the river by these two?
Rafa Benitez has been left devastated after being told he has just £1.5million to spend by his club’s American owners.
The Liverpool manager has struggled against budget constraints all summer because of the financial crisis at Anfield, and revealed a week ago he was in talks to try and extend his kitty.
Benitez wants a centre half to provide cover in a crucial position, with Daniel Agger suffering from a back problem, and he also would love to sign a wide player who can also operate as a stand in striker.
But after talks with the Yanks, he has been told there is only a miserly sum available – which will not even buy one player, never mind the two he desires.
It has left the Liverpool searching frantically around for a loan signing before the transfer window closes at the end of August, and he has sounded out several targets.
That loan period was up in June, but with the Bernabeu side signing Valencia centre half Raul Albiol in the summer they have no room in the squad for Garay and will consider another loan. (Daily Mirror)
If this is accurate then It just goes to show what we as Liverpool fans should expect from the Yanks. Many believe that Messrs Gillett and Hicks will bleed the club dry and then leave, and if recent evidence is anything to go by, then that looks more and more likely.
This season we have spent around £15.5m outright, because the majority of the Alberto Aquilani fee is held over dependent on other factors and a large chunk of the Glen Johnson fee was paid by the money Portsmouth still owed us. However we have recouped around £35m from the sales of Alonso. Arbeloa, Anderson and Leto, we have also removed Jermaine Pennant’s hefty wage from our outgoings, so how the hell do we have no money?
Last season we may have spent around £10m more than we sold, but that’s by no means a kings ransom and pales into insignificance when compared to any other Premier League club, hell Stoke City spend £15m more than they sold last season!
A club of the size and stature and marketability as Liverpool shouldn’t be in this mess. I am not suggesting that the club should be up there with Chelsea and Man City but I do expect them to have a pot to piss in!