In between the writing and posting of this piece, the Charlie Adam deal finally went through and he is indeed having a medical at Melwood tomorrow according to the official site here.
Ah, the transfer market. There truly is nothing like it. The agony and the ecstasy all rolled up into one. The joy of a fantastic capture in one hand, and the disappointment of a lost opportunity in the other. There really are only so many world class players out there, and plenty of different clubs competing for them. So far for Liverpool in this transfer window, it’s really been a case of frustration more than anything else.
That being said, we have been told from on high to be patient. The powers that be have been and are continually working on bringing in the best players for the team that they can. The fact that John W. Henry came “face-to-face” with the fans by responding to their anxiety on Twitter should tell everyone something. But does it calm anyone down? No, not really.
We are anxious to get the ball rolling. And when the club vehemently told the fans after the super quick procurement of Jordan Henderson that they would attempt to secure transfers quickly to have almost everyone in before pre-season, it seemed a fait accompli all transfer business would be done by then. That time has come and gone as pre-season began this week.
So what are we to make of the secrecy involving the transfer targets? Fans begged for the return of “The Liverpool Way,” but then we hypocritically can’t stand it when we don’t know what’s going on. It’s very difficult being on the outside looking in when you’re trying to look through a piece of frosted glass.
Newspapers don’t help with their pages full of “transfer rumors,” sometimes containing the most ridiculous and out-of-this-world piece of transfer nonsense. But it’s not for lack of trying, or even full disclosure. Many journalists may have more information than they are allowed to reveal, which leaves them in the unfortunate situation that the clubs are also in; tell & you die, don’t tell & the fans will kill you.
The saying goes: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that,” but surely no one should die over anything that happens in the silly season. At least we hope it doesn’t come to that. But with Charlie Adam having his 10,000th medical tomorrow, and Aston Villa rejecting another bid for Downing, it’s becoming increasingly aggro in the world of Twitter, fan forums, and even blogs when it comes to Liverpool’s transfer dealings.
The real question that keeps cropping up is whether any of these “rumors,” that is any information about transfers full stop, are actually true at all. No one except for a select few inside Liverpool know who Liverpool Football Club are actually targeting. The Clichy, Wickham, Adam, and Downing possibilities seem plausible enough because actual bids were made, and the other club revealed that they had turned them down.
But those aside, who is Liverpool FC really going after? Will Juan Mata be the club’s marquee signing? Is Jose Enrique still on Liverpool’s left-back radar? Is there any truth to the rumor they are interested in another Spanish star, Santi Cazorla?
Unfortunately for those of us looking in, we won’t know until the papers are signed, the official website makes an announcement, and a medical, an actual medical conducted by the club when they specify, is done.
Until then we must all live in the haze and mystery that surrounds the transfer market, wishing and hoping for the best players to choose us over anyone else. But luckily for us, a new dawn has descended over Liverpool with new owners, a new manager, and hopefully plenty of new players in place before next season. Liverpool Football Club finally has a lot more to offer than just a successful history. They can now offer a successful future as well, something we hope players realize when they make their final choice for a new club.
*Great Liver Bird picture courtesy of Kit Nelson