Rodgers’ recent recruits offer Liverpool promise as practicality trumps fantasy
Whether Brendan Rodgers has learned anything from last summer’s transfer window, for now remains to be seen. However, in not spending so far, he has acquired two quality players; James Milner and Danny Ings.
While the former has won two Premier League winners medals with Manchester City and featured at international tournaments with England, the latter is just getting started.
Ings’ goal return for a Burnley side that was relegated from the top-flight was enough to warrant a move to the Reds, plus a call-up for the UEFA Under-21 Championship for England, where he is now expected to play a starring role following Saido Berhaino’s injury.
Former Bournemouth boy Ings has all the attributes to be a success, and could well form an interesting partnership of sorts with new arrival last season Adam Lallana, who should relish servicing a player who makes as many intelligent runs.
Despite captain Steven Gerrard leaving, Milner isn’t a like-for-like replacement; however, he will add grit in midfield and offer a natural complement to Jordan Henderson, who can focus on the more glamorous side of the game.
It remains to be seen whether Rodgers indeed has a transfer plan. There were questions raised last year whether his acquisitions were made without practical thought, though in contrast the two recruits so far do have a basis of logic.
Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren arrived from Southampton last summer, though the former by his own admission had an average season amid an injury-hit campaign. There is more to come from him and latter, such a strong defender for Croatia and Saints, while target man Lambert looks a fading force at his hometown team.
This time around, its another St Mary’s star under scrutiny in recent England right back Nathaniel Clyne and, just like last year with the above trio, there is no reason to suggest that he is going to be anything but a success.
With Glen Johnson leaving, Liverpool also need a quality replacement and Clyne fits the bill. He has also reportedly snubbed Manchester United in favour of working with Rodgers, which certainly is intriguing.
The £15m fee that is being reported also seems reasonable. Undoubtedly there are a number of changes that need to be made at the club for next season, including outgoings and a defensive/goalkeeper shake-up.
In terms of speculating about any other arrivals, Liverpool have done well so far without any outrageous gossip, but certainly watch this space!