Anfield side set for major summer squad rebuild.
Damien Comolli has insisted Jordan Henderson is merely the first in a series of big-money summer signings for Liverpool.
Many people were shocked at the size of the fee paid to Sunderland for the England Under-21 international, but from their comments after capturing Henderson it is clear Liverpool have a new direction in transfer policy.
As Henderson follows British-record signing Andy Carroll into Anfield, Comolli explained there will be more spending this summer – with the club looking to spend whatever it takes to ensure they recruit young players of massive promise.
“I’m very pleased, because Jordan was one of the big targets we had. When you get your first target it’s always a good sign because you think the others will come through as well.”
Ipswich’s England Under-21 striker Connor Wickham is next on the list. A new offer for the teenager likely next week, after an initial £7million bid was rejected.
Stewart Downing of Villa and Blackpool’s Charlie Adam are also very much in the frame, and Comolli insisted Liverpool are targeting young players with Premier League experience who satisfy their policy of looking for potential they can develop even further… even if that means paying top dollar.
Dalglish is also keen to return to his former club Newcastle to sign left-back Jose Enrique, but has so far met resistance over a fee, even though the Spanish defender is now entering the last year of his contract.
If he can’t get Enrique, he will turn instead to Arsenal’s Gael Clichy, while Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia, now also an Everton target, is seen as an alternative if Villa refuse to sell Downing.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
What a difference six months make. Prior to Kenny Dalglish’s arrival as replacement for Roy Hodgson there was not much in the way of hope around Anfield. Supporters and players alike seemed forlorn and preparing for what may be a hideously poor season. The former legend then led Liverpool out of the darkness and into the light.
The arrival of new owners and the departure of hapless owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks also gave hope for the future and this summer promises to be a key one for the Merseyside club as they look to transform the side back into a top four chasing outfit.
The signing of Jordan Henderson, though expensive, shows a side that is looking to the future and Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have drawn up a string of prospective signings as well as back up options should those initial bids fail.
The left back problem area looks like being fixed with Liverpool first scouting Jose Enrique whilst keeping an eye on contract rebel Gael Clichy, the signing of either would be a significant move in the right direction and with youngster Jack Robinson developing nicely, perhaps that problem area will be resolved before too long.
Further up the wing Stewart Downing is the club’s number one target with Charles N’Zogbia as a secondary option should the Aston Villa man not find his way to Anfield. A move for Connor Wickham would again be a case of planning for the long term and Charlie Adam is a player that Dalglish seems desperate to land but the Liverpool boss knows that a plethora of sides also court the Blackpool man who had such a great season last term with the doomed Tangerines.