Transfer window round-up

Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez

The January transfer window is now behind us and it has been a very significant one for Liverpool FC. The club has brought in a young prolific striker in the form of Luis Suarez and one of the hottest prospects in English football in Andy Carroll to partner him up front.


Of course, the much publicised, debated and somewhat emotionally traumatic transfer of Fernando Torres to Chelsea was also concluded on transfer deadline day. While the loss of the Spanish striker is certainly significant in terms of quality, the arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll should be able to more than compensate for that if both of them start firing on all cylinders.


Given the fact that Torres has cut a forlorn figure in most of the matches he has played for Liverpool this season, it would have certainly been foolish to hold on to him against his wishes. Holding off Chelsea till they matched his valuation and then selling him for near about fifty million pounds showed the world that our new owners refuse to be bullied in the transfer market and proved once again the age old adage that no player is bigger than the club, especially at Liverpool FC.


The splashing of a major part of the Torres income on Andy Carroll and that too an astounding 35 million pounds also enabled NESV to make a statement that they are ready to splurge if and when needed in the interests of their club. That surely augurs well for Liverpool after the fiasco involving the previous owners.


Almost overshadowed by all this hullabaloo involving ‘record’ transfers, there have also been a few other transfers in this window. Ryan Babel left for Hoffenheim after failing to live up to his potential at Anfield. The much-maligned Paul Konchesky who almost came to symbolise Roy Hodgson’s torrid time in charge of Liverpool was loaned out to Championship side Nottingham Forest. Having played for Fulham earlier in the season and then for Liverpool, he was not eligible to play for any other Premier League club this season.


A few promising youngsters like David Amoo, Nathan Eccleston and Stephen Darby have also been loaned out to give them first team action and much needed experience. Liverpool also landed teenage midfielder Conor Thomas from Coventry City on a loan deal with view to a permanent move in the future.


All in all, it has been a very positive transfer window for Liverpool – if not to a great extent squad-wise, at least the future intentions and positive vibes are obvious. Here’s looking to a better second half of the season and hopefully a European spot as well.


QUICK RECAP

In:-

Luis Suarez (Ajax) £ 22,800,000
Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) £ 35,000,000

Out:-

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) £ 50,000,000
Ryan Babel (1899 Hoffenheim) Undisclosed (rumoured £ 6,000,000)
Victor Palsson (Hibernian) Undisclosed

Loan In:-

Conor Thomas (Coventry City)

Loan Out:-

Paul Konchesky (Nottingham Forest)
David Amoo (Milton Keynes Dons)
Stephen Darby (Notts County)
Nathan Eccleston (Charlton Athletic)

Youth team In:-

Yusuf Mersin (Millwall) Undisclosed


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