The importance of this summer to Liverpool Football Club cannot be quantified in any terms. After an extremely poor season on the pitch, the club are in dire need of a massive makeover and the management had better show the fans that one is on the cards. While a change of manager does not appear to be an option for the club at the moment, what is needed is an upheaval in terms of playing staff. Over the past few transfer windows, our club has failed to make any real impact in terms of transfers into the club. This time however, things will have to be different as the Reds cannot afford to waste another transfer window making poor purchases. And for once, the club have actually realized this fact as they have already made one real coup.
The signing of James Milnerand then Danny Ings on a free transfer has got to be two of the best deals of the summer no matter what other transfers take place later on in the window. Milner is a thoroughbred Premier League professional who has more than 500 top flight appearances spread over a span of 13 years. At just 29 years of age, the player would have been a good investment even if we were to pay a hefty transfer fee for him, but on a free, this man has got to be a steal. Milner brings that added sense of responsibility in the team as he plays with his head down and puts in all the hard work without grabbing too much of the headlines. He is, in short, just what we need at the moment, but the most important feature that he will bring to the team has to be his experience.
James Milner is a winner. Two Premier League titles, an F.A. Cup and a League Cup alongside a place in the 2010 Premier League Team of the Year just proves that he is a player of the highest order. As far as Liverpool are concerned, the former Newcastle and Villa midfielder has got to be a major, major victory.
Arsenal were also rumoured to be in the hunt for the City star while the Etihad based team were also keen to tie him down to their club for a longer period of time. Manchester City were reported to have offered their man a 165,000 pounds a week deal, which is believed to be 15,000 pounds short of what the Reds have got him at. This small point proves two things.
Firstly, City actually did everything they could to keep Milner for longer. And secondly, the player showed where his priorities lie by choosing more playing time over money, and that is always what you would like to see from a sporstperson. This signing is surely a step in the right direction and Liverpool are definitely going to benefit from his presence in the team but this should only be the beginning of a long and successful transfer window for the Reds as they must make sure they can get more top quality players to help Milner and his fellow players.
The signing of Ings from Burnley is also an astute one, although the Reds will need to pay a fee for him with him being under 24 years of age.
He scored 11 goals last season in a struggling Burnley side and will no doubt get loads more chances this coming season. I’d not expect him to start every match, but he’ll certainly be a strong option off the bench and will be one that can develop into one of the top English strikers in the Premier League in the coming years. Should be one to watch!