Gone are the days when Liverpool Football Club would be one full of world class talent, all vying to outdo each other in the club’s hunt for greatness.
These days, Liverpool is all about average Joes and almost Adams who are satisfied with everything. Looking at the players that we have in our squad right now, I’m failing to find some real gems, ones that can turn the game on its head. Yes, Philippe Coutinho is one true talent that every club would be proud of. But other than him, who else can show us the way to glory when we desperately need to find it?
Nathaniel Clyne is a fantastic talent and Jordan Henderson is one too. But other than these three lads, who else do what that can make their way into any team in Europe? Barely eight years ago, we had the likes of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, Daniel Agger playing for us. Now we have Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, James Milner, Dejan Lovren. Do you see the point that I’m trying to make here? Is the gulf in quality as eye-catching to you as it is to me? How on Earth have we Liverpool fans become so accustomed to the mediocre?
I personally blame Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers for our obsession with the normal. These two managers had an eye for the medium and it’s their fault that the club is going down. More than Hodgson though, I blame Rodgers. This guy paid so much for so less! I only wonder what a decent manager would have done with the money that the donated to Southampton. My heart yearns when I imagine how much Rafa had to struggle during his time with us. That man was screaming out for some cash that he never ever got. Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo could have been Liverpool players had Rafa had his way.
While there is no use looking back at what could have been, I’d like to believe that our present manager learns from the mistakes of his predecessors and decides to invest in true quality. Marko Grujic was Klopp’s first Liverpool signing, but we cannot judge him on one transfer, especially as this lad is one for the future. Other than him though, Liverpool have not really made a firm move for too many people. In fact, the only other candidate that the Reds have gone after this winter seems to be Alex Texeira.
News of Liverpool making a move for Texeira actually came through just as I was writing this article. Had I finished it 30 minutes before, I’d have ended on a sour note by having another rant at my team’s inability to spot talent. Now though, I will admit that they have gone after a real master class, if these reports are actually true.
Shakhtar Donetsk star Texeira is a fine piece of talent and he would be worth the money even if we had to pay 35m pounds. In fact, these are the kind of lads you pay 35m pounds, for not Andy Carroll’s Villa version. I only hope Jurgen Klopp agrees with my school of thought!