The New Boys
After more than a month of searching for a manager, it seems Liverpool owners John Henry
and Tom Werner
have grown impatient.
Alone, the two Americans have finalized various transfer deals for the club ahead of their impending manager. This basically means the new boss will be unable to buy his own players in his first summer at Anfield, and the owners' move has invited harsh criticism from many Liverpool fans.
However, there is no denying that both Henry and Werner have eyes for transfer business. Deadwood like Charlie Adam
has been moved on to Stoke City, while aging players like Dirk Kuyt
and Maxi Rodriguez
are also moved on, although the latter two was much to the displeasure of Liverpool fans, with Kuyt and Rodriguez having gone to become fan favorites with the Kop.
Among the new signings, four stand out of the most, and they are...
For a fee of 10 million, Italian forward Fabio Borini
has signed for Liverpool. Rather familiar to the English game having once played for Chelsea and Swansea, the 21-year-old is expected to play a big part in Liverpool's future. However for now, he is expected to sit back and play a backup role to Luis Suarez, or will he? It is still unclear how the club plan to use the one-capped Italy international.
Welsh midfielder Joe Allen
signs on for Liverpool after a very impressive debut season in the Premier League with Swansea City. The 22-year-old is widely regarded as a pass master and it will be interesting to see how he can fit into the new manager's formation and playing style, whoever the new manager is.
Signed from Internazionale for a fee of 9 million, Philippe Coutinho
will be given the number 10 shirt following the departure of Joe Cole. The Brazilian impressed during his loan spell while at Espanyol, and Liverpool have moved in to snap up the 20-year-old immediately following his return to Inter. Although he has not proven himself much at first-team level, it is expected that he will succeed at Anfield.
signs for 12 million from Liverpool's Premier League rivals Chelsea, a move that could come back to haunt the Blues in the future. Sturridge has shown his quality and worth last season, making 30 league appearances and scoring 11 goals for Chelsea. Unfortunately, the England international has failed to convince new boss Rafa Benitez that he deserves a place in the first team at Stamford Bridge, and has been shipped off to Liverpool.