Anfield summer spending dissected.
What difference eight months makes. Liverpool experienced a horror spell under the leadership of Roy Hodgson, with owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, doing their level best to move the Merseyside club as far away from the coveted top four spot but the overthrow of the American pair, the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as boss and the arrival of the Fenwayt Sports Group have helped to bring about real change from top to bottom.
John W. Henry and Tom Werner seem polar opposites to Messrs Hicks and Gillett, willingly backing multiple moves in the transfer window and showing real faith in both Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli. From the very outset, when in the January window the club invested all the money made from the sales of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel, to bring in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, the club’s new American owners are very much in it for the long haul.
The turn of form on the field of play helped the Merseyside club to persuade top notch players to take a shot on a club with no European football to offer, clearly the championship form shown over the second half of the season showed that the players at the club were better than appeared under Hodgson, but it was still clear that the squad had more than it’s fair share of players who frankly were not up to scratch for a team with very real intentions of breaking back into the top four.
Here is a closer look at those who arrived and who left Anfield this summer and how they have faired or why they were offloaded.
Jordan Henderson: £20m from Sunderland
The young England Under 21 international seems to very much suffer from a similar problem that Andy Carroll had to deal with, namely his price tag. Clearly the former Black Cats man can do little about the fee paid by Liverpool but it was obviously a fee that the Merseyside club felt was a fair one. The intelligent youngster has already shown he can make an impact and he has already displaced Dirk Kuyt on the right and is perhaps a more natural presence than the determined Dutchman, adding more balance.