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After a massively-disappointing end to 2011-12, Brendan Rodgers has been handed the considerable task of restoring Liverpool to their former glories and challenging for a top-four finish this term. Despite a quartet of positive signings at Anfield this summer, a transfer deadline day bereft of new signings has left the club’s supporters slightly dubious. The Merseysiders looks especially light in attack, but have managed to sell some unwanted players.

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A lack of killer instinct was one of the main reasons for the Reds’ poor Premier League finish last term and as such one of Rodgers’ priorities upon accepting the Liverpool job was the capture of a new striker. The Northern Irish manager opted for Italian forward Fabio Borini, who moved to Anfield for in excess of £10 million from Roma. Rodgers knows the 21-year-old well from his time on loan at Swansea, and the marksman has matured whilst back in his homeland. Given that Borini is Rodgers’ main signing this summer, both the coach and the team’s first couple of months in 2012-13 may well be judged on the new forward’s goalscoring return.

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Sticking to players that he knows, Rodgers then moved for Wales international Joe Allen, who played a key role in Rodgers’ attacking and possession-based ethos at the Liberty Stadium. A wrangle for the Team GB star left a bit of a sour taste in the mouth between the Reds coach and his former employers, but in the end a £15 million transfer fee suited both parties. Allen will hope to overcome the pressure that has blighted the likes of fellow midfielders Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson since big-money moves to Merseyside, and is likely to be a regular fixture for the Reds in 2012-13.

Rodgers is likely to adopt the 4-3-2-1 formation from his Swansea days, and the club have bolstered their wing options with the addition of Morocco international Oussama Assaidi. The 24-year-old joins from Eredivisie club Heerenveen and opted to move to Liverpool ahead of a switch to Fulham or Ajax. Quick, tricky and direct, Rodgers will hope that Assaidi can add some urgency and energy to the team’s attacking play.

The Reds’ biggest transfer coup of the summer however comes in the form of loan signing Nuri Sahin. The Turkey international has joined the cub on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, with Rodgers beating Arsenal to the playmaker’s hand. Sahin played a major role in Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga-winning campaign in 2010-11, but has found opportunities lacking in the Spanish capital. If the 23-year-old can stay fit he has the ability to be a star man for Liverpool, and will form an impressive-looking central midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva when all three are available.

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One of the major talking points after Rodgers’ appointment was his publicised intention not to use Andy Carroll, with the England international surplus to requirements at the club who spent £35 million on him back in January 2011. The burly striker has joined West Ham on a season-long loan deal, despite interest from former club Newcastle, and will look to resurrect his career with Sam Allardyce’s men. Liverpool were expected to snap up a replacement on transfer deadline day but missed out on Tottenham-bound Clint Dempsey and as such now only have Borini and Luis Suarez as recognised central attackers.

 Liverpools transfer window: Lack of deadline day action overshadows quartet of signings

Another of Kenny Dalglish’s signings Charlie Adam was also told that he could leave Anfield, with the Scotland international moving to join Stoke close to the end of the window. Given the afore-mentioned first-choice central midfield trio at Rodgers’ disposal the Reds are unlikely to miss the former Rangers man, as Rodgers looks to stamp his own mark on the club’s squad.

A number of longer standing players also left Merseyside this summer, with the most notable being Dirk Kuyt. The Dutch attacker ended six years at the club by moving to Fenerbahce in July, but given the Reds’ lack of attacking options Liverpool could be regretting letting the fans’ favourite leave. Maxi Rodriguez also departed to return to his homeland to play for Newell’s Old Boys, Craig Bellamy re-joined Cardiff and Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani signed for Fiorentina after failing to leave a mark at Anfield. Finally, Jay Spearing sealed a loan move to Bolton on deadline day.

Brendan Rodgers certainly has one of the most difficult jobs in English football, and will have a weight of expectancy from the Kop to satisfy this term. Their recent 2-2 draw with Manchester City shows that the team on their day can compete with anyone on the division, but the Reds must show more consistency to compete for Champions League qualification. Their new signings all on paper look positive, but the club’s fans will be praying that Suarez and Borini can stay fit and score goals, as the back-up options in attack are all but non-existent.

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Comments (11)

  1. This guy rodgers may be the biggest mistake for liverpool, with this kind of signings, and with hte players he let go, Kuyt, Maxi, Bellamy Carrol, he gets who, players he knows?!! who gives a fuck who the fuck he knows, this is liverpool not some mediocre club! all of his signgs sucks!!!!!!!! They couldn’t even beat hearts, tottenam beat them 5- 0 over there last year! he failed to sign Dempsey, from fulham they even had to report him for his dumb approach to the player. he couldnt pay 10mil for Clint a proven player with a proven class fro team USA and his club teams, but spent 10mil for a sucker liek borini?! how dumb is he exactly! wait for top for finish, next year in the chamipnship may be they gonna get top four finish. this year their fight will be not to get relegated!!!!!!!!!!!! brendan rodgers is he so dumb or he is just reterded, send him bak wherever he came from! oh wait they got a real class manager there, michael laudrup, they wouln’t get him back lol lol

  2. So Sahin will “form an impressive central midfield partnership with Gerrard and Lucas when all 3 are available…”
    Gareth, I can only presume you have missed us paying 15 million for Joe Allen from the managers previous club, that don’t look like a back up deal to me mate!

    • When all players were fit I feel that Rodgers would pick Gerrard, Leiva and Sahin as his central midfield trio, yes. Allen can play further forward or start from wide.

      The point is that there was obviously no room for Charlie Adam

      • When has Joe Allen ever played further forward than central midfield, or heaven forbid, out wide? Do you even know the players you’re writing about?

  3. Sign Owen. We have no other option.

  4. How do you come to the conclusion that Borini was the main signing, when Alan was £5M more expensive and has also out performed him?

    • Borini was the main signing given that he and Suarez are the only strikers at the club. Liverpool’s downfall last season was that they did not score enough goals – Borini has been signed to remedy this and as such is the club’s most important signing this summer.

      Despite the fee paid for Allen, LFC have a strong central midfield and as such he is not guaranteed a place in the team when everyone is fit

  5. Well we only play the one upfront anyway and he’s brought good midfielders in with Allen looking very good Sahin is very very good player don’t forget we have That Moroccan Sterling and cole with Gerrard we could stick him upfront if we need but gotta say how embarrassing it is letting all these players go to supposed bring us funds and bringing noone in. Liverpool must be saving millions now and don’t forget the likes of Kuyt Rodri Aqua Bellamy off wagebill to. So surely we must have something nice in the coffers. I’d say give Owen a chance but that’s just my opinion. These owners need to back Rodgers in the next window but from what I’ve read is Ayres fault.

  6. Man this is gonna be 1 hell of a season! This is the EPL! This is Liverpool! We need some one with out of the box anticipation and thinking. Our finnishing was so poor last season!Our deffence was far more worse!We seariously need a miracle to survive this season!

  7. this guy will will be worse for us than Dalgleish!,
    Sloppy signings not worth the money. 15 million for Joe Allan? C mon!,,!

    As a result Swansea bought a load of class players out of this and still had a couple million left over.
    Anyways let’s see…….

    • 15 million for a player who outplayed all of City’s players and was our best player on his debut against West Brom not worth the money? I beg to differ.