Liverpool Stalwart Carragher Reveals Club’s One Big Mistake: Not Signing Anelka

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Sports News - February 14, 2009

Jamie Carragher: Liverpool should have signed Nicolas Anelka

The Chelsea striker enjoyed a productive loan spell at Anfield under Gerard Houllier in 2001-02, but chose not to sign the Frenchman permanently, instead signing El Hadji Diouf was signed for £12 million.
“I think it’s a bit strong to say it was one of the worst decisions ever, but it’s fair to say it was a mistake,” said Carragher.

“You look at Anelka now – he was top scorer in the Premier League last season. It’s in the past now, but it was probably something that never went our way.”
With Fernando Torres – Liverpool’s only reliable supplier of goals – heading for an operation, manager Rafa Benítez will be forced to rely on the likes Andriy Voronin, Ryan Babel and David Ngog.
Benítez is currently using Torres sparingly but will still include the Spaniard in his squad for the trip to Lyon tomorrow: “We have to take Fernando to Lyon because we don’t have too many options. We have to keep working with him and the rest of the players.
“We are trying to manage because he was close to having an operation. Still yesterday, two days after the game, he is feeling something.
“He is not comfortable. He has not got the power he had before, so we have to try to protect him.
“But he cannot play well if you keep pushing him, maybe if you push him he will be injured for a long time.” (Daily Telegraph)

I have to say I have to agree with Jamie Carragher on this one. I remember being baffled by the decision to not sign the Frenchman permanently after his relatively successful loan period with us. Of course Gerard Houlier decided instead on bringing in El Hadji Diouf, a decision that backfired big time.

The lack of alternatives up top is plain to see and was obvious to everyone some time ago and quite why Rafa chose to not resolve the issue is in my eyes one of his biggest mistakes as our boss.

It’s no good having one of the best strikers in world in Fernando Torres and then finding yourself with no real back up or indeed no players to take the heat off a player that we clearly depend on far too much.


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