The transfer window has finally shut. No more transfer moves are allowed in England until the first of January. In one of the most disappointing deadline days in recent Liverpool history, the club sent Andy Carroll, the club’s record signing, on loan to West Ham United and failed to replace him with any striker. This means Liverpool now have to cope with only Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez as strikers until January.
Carroll’s move to West Ham was something that was expected to happen. Since arriving, Brendan Rodgers has been trying to offload the 35m striker and replace him with a striker he favors. Due to lack of interest for a permanent deal, Rodgers was forced to offload Carroll on loan to West Ham. The problem for Liverpool is that there is no guaranteed buyout clause so the player could yet return to Anfield when his loan spell ends.
For Carroll, this is a very good move. He wouldn’t suit the style of play Rodgers wants Liverpool to play while at West Ham, under manager Sam Allardyce, he has a team willing to play to his strengths. His physical presence, strength and ability to hold the ball up will be key to West Ham staying up this season and Carroll could finally show why he was so highly rated when at Newcastle.
For Liverpool, this deal was a loosely said – bad one. Although Rodgers managed to offload a player he wanted to offload for the whole summer, the club’s failure to find a replacement will cost Liverpool a lot until January. Liverpool now only have 2 first-team strikers and both seem to have trouble finding the net, resulting in Liverpool scoring only 2 goals in the first 3 league games, both from set-pieces.
The only option Liverpool have now is to find a free agent striker who is good and clinical enough to lead the line for a club with ambitions as high as Liverpool’s. Such players are very hard to find, and ex-Red Michael Owen is seen by the media as the ideal option. In my opinion, that would be a terrible move for Liverpool because of Owen’s recent injury record and the fact he is a very hated figure among Liverpool fans.
Other free agents available are Del Piero, Sinama-Pongolle and if rumours are to be believed, Drogba and Anelka could become free agents very soon.
If Liverpool are able to get a good player on a free transfer it would be great, but if not, Adam Morgan should be put as 3rd choice and hopefully in January a top striker will be signed.
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