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Liverpool Transfer News: The Importance of £20m Downing

902   //    16 Jul 2011, 15:21 IST

Flying high at Anfield

It’s a well-established fact in this summer transfer window that Liverpool are not shy of spending big to lure their transfer targets to Anfield. Their dogged pursuit of Adam and Downing bears testament to the resolve of the new owners to bring back the glory nights at Anfield, soon. But why spend £20m on Downing when a well-established Spanish international by the name of Mata was available for a few more quids? This is a burning question in the hearts of football fans all over the globe. So, why Downing?

Well, love it or hate it, Premier League does take time to settle and Downing is an experienced League campaigner, unlike the more-illustrious Mata. Mata is still holding firm to his Valencia’s roots and maybe not move at all, this summer and even if he moves, he would have been looking for the lure of European football, which the Reds can’t offer this season. With the Reds desperately in need of quality wingers after having suffered the last season due to their acute lack of depth in the department, Liverpool were in dire need of securing a quality winger, especially after having lost Ashley Young to United. With Arsenal trying to hijack the Reds’ bid, Comolli and Kenny roped in quickly to seal the deal.

The signing of Downing becomes all the more vital for Liverpool to kick-start the career of their new target-man Andy Carroll. Carroll is a huge aerial threat in the box which Liverpool have been lacking for some time now and Downing is the perfect foil for the big Geordie. With Charlie Adam’s diagonal balls his speciality; the Reds needed a pacy and skilled winger to tap the chances home. The link-up play that Downing can offer due to his fleet two-footedness alongside new Kop sensation, Luis Suarez can bamboozle any defence of the world.

Downing, is undoubtedly, the most important LFC signing so far keeping in view their lack of quality in the department and the player’s immense talent and experience. With Joe Cole and Maxi Rodriguez having failed to deliver and the diligent Dutchman Dirk Kuyt lacking adequate pace to operate on the flanks, Downing is the elixir of new life that is dawning on Anfield. With Kenny at helm and a few more reinforcements to follow in the defensive department, things seem all the more bright for the Anfield faithful, but LFC fans are mature enough to understand that a revolution takes some time to materialize.


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