It would be very hard to say who was responsible for what has happened, or rather what hasn’t happened, but when Comolli has stated that his role at the club covers pretty much all of the football side when he was first appointed as Director of Football saying “It’s basically a day-to-day relationship with the manager and his coaching staff, it’s also medical and sports science, performance analysis, player liaison, team travel, scouting and negotiating transfer contracts. A big part of it is the academy” so it is clear to see why he was first out of the door and Kenny has been given more time. Dalglish has been given more time to work with the players he has as well as being given the summer to bring in the players he feels will get them pushing for at least a top 4 finish.
During Comolli’s reign as director of football and Kenny Dalglish being head coach Liverpool have spent approximately £112 million on players and so the expectation obviously was to be in a much better position than they currently are sitting in 8th and I am sure more painfully with Everton one point ahead of them having spent nowhere near as much money.
There have been some hit and miss signings at Liverpool over the last years and a half with the obvious hit being Luis Suarez and the obvious miss being Andy Carroll, both coming in during the January transfer window with the sale of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel funding it. Carroll is looks to be fitting into the team more and more and by next season could be the striker that they wanted him to be when they signed him, but when you spend £35m you kinda want an instant return!
During the summer Liverpool spent a lot of money, money which I personally felt could have been spent better. I felt that they paid over the odds for both Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, £20m for the both is probably a truer reflection on their ability if you ask me, but to have spent between £35-£38m on the pair is ridicules especially when Newcastle’s first team cost around £44m and currently battling Chelsea for fifth and a place in Europe, with fourth not out of the question either! Funnily enough the combined transfer fee of Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique and it is only £2m out of that too. Newcastle fans must be laughing their asses of at that!
Charlie Adam came in for £9 million and after having a great season with Blackpool many, me included, thought that he and Gerrard together in the centre of the park would boss the Liverpool midfield and would be pinning balls all around the park, but his first season with Liverpool has not set the world on fire. Sebastian Coates hasn’t had much playing time, and hasn’t really shone when he has played, apart from scoring that spectacular goal of course, but he is still young and will most probably be given more of a chance next season so any judgement on him would probably be a little harsh. The best signing has to be the free signing of Craig Bellamy. He has the grit and determination that represents Liverpool and looks to play with commitment every game, much like Dirk Kuyt – A player the shouldn’t be thinking of selling.
At the moment under the Comolli/Dalglish era there has only been £23 million out of £112 million that has been money well spent, which when you look at the numbers, is a terrible return. I know they haven’t bought players to make a profit, but you when you sign a player surly the though of future sale of player has to come in. I would imagine you would want to at least break even if you don’t make a profit but with Downing, Henderson and Carroll I can’t see another club being foolish enough to spend that kind of money on them.
With Comolli we are able to look back on the signings he made and for the most part see that they have come good. When he first signed Bale, Assou-Ekotto and Modric for Tottenham people were uncertain, but look at them in the Tottenham side now. He also brought Adel Taarabt and Kevin-Prince Boateng to Tottenham and look at what they missed out on not keeping the faith in them and Comolli’s judgement. So maybe Henderson and Carroll will come good in the end and I will eat my words, but at the moment that doesn’t look to be likely.
The summer is going to be a very interesting transfer window and one that Liverpool may find very hard as all the clubs above them will be looking to strengthen their side and with Newcastle looking to be in Europe next season and with a better reputation at the moment for signing good players, Liverpool and Dalglish may find themselves frozen out of the transfer market. Suarez is by far their biggest asset and what happens if he wants to leave for a bigger club, where would that then leave the club. Liverpool still have Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani coming back from loan moves but I don’t see Aquilani wanting to stay where as Joe Cole may be persuaded if Dalglish wants to try him out. Lucas, who has been sorely missed this season, will be back next season also, so Liverpool’s midfield should be looking a little better than it is at the moment but still the squad needs rejuvenating and now with Comolli gone does Dalglish still have an eye for players – I suppose time will tell.