IT’S silly season. That’s what everyone calls the period in between the end of the last campaign and — at the very least — the release of the fixtures for the next one. This summer we’ve also got the Euros to distract us, so maybe that will help some people get over the constant need to talk about transfers, to complain about transfers, to make transfers *THE CENTRE OF THEIR VERY BEING*.
I’ll be honest with you, I quite like silly season. I like looking into players I would otherwise know little to nothing about. I enjoy watching YouTube clips of random Romanian players and deciding they’re the best defender/midfielder/striker ever bar none. I even enjoy filling my house with the shit dance tracks they have on them, as though my Sonos has been taken over by some weird German Pop aficionado.
What I’m not a fan of, though — what absolutely does my nut in — is the never-ending suggestion that the club can’t seem to do anything right.
Every day some people send tweets about it being a “long summer ahead for Liverpool” because we haven’t signed Lionel Messi or brought Luis Suarez back. Comments about the Reds being “a joke” for not having spent the transfer window shelling out for anyone that has got two legs and can run about a bit.
People completely and utterly losing their shit in the first week of June is my least favourite thing about transfer windows. You can even stretch that out to the second or third weeks of June, too. I’ll let you in to a little secret. It’s strange that newspapers and website don’t seem to be talking about this, but…
The transfer window officially opened for Premier League clubs on June 9. Today.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming! Who knew, hey?
With all of the moaning and complaining about Liverpool’s transfer strategy, the conviction that Ian Ayre has somehow fucked everything up again, the concern that the arrival of Jürgen Klopp didn’t also herald the signing of 200 Bundesliga superstars, everyone seems to be forgetting that we haven’t officially been able to bring anyone in anyway.
Oh, of course, we can still do deals. But the same people that complain about us not having signed anyone also conveniently forget that we’ve signed three players.
Ask anyone midway through last season which areas we really need to strengthen and goalkeeper, central defence, left-back and attacking third would have been the majority of answers. Well we’ve got two of those four boxed off rather neatly already, with a neat and tidy 20-year-old Serbian midfielder thrown in for a laugh.
I know we’re being linked with loads of players and those links don’t seem to be materialising, but why let that stress you out? What’s the point? What good do you get from tweeting John Henry and telling him he’s a prick because we haven’t signed Reus? It might feel cathartic for a moment or two, but after that you’ll just read about another player and get stressed that we haven’t signed him.
Oh and sign Reus!
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) September 17, 2014
I said on the Gutter show on Monday that I reckon transfer stories come from one of four different places: The buying club, the selling club, the player/his representatives, or from thin air.
Here’s a little game for you to play that might help you relax and enjoy the silly season as much as I do:
Every time you hear Liverpool are linked with a player, see if you can work out where the story has come from.
We know, thanks to well-placed sources such as TAW contributor Melissa Reddy, that Mahmoud Dahoud is one of Liverpool’s top targets this summer. When the Reds are linked with another midfielder, such as Danny Drinkwater, is it possible that that is Liverpool playing a game with Dahoud by letting him know we’ll look elsewhere if he takes too long to make up his mind?
What about the latest craze — saying that we’re dead keen on Gonzalo Higuain? Might that be Napoli using Liverpool’s name to let other clubs know that he’s for sale? Or even the player trying to put pressure on the club he actually wants to move to by linking himself to us? It’s entirely possible, with Klopp having apparently watched Argentina play recently while sat next to “Higuain’s brother and agent” (that turned out to look a lot like Klopp’s own son), that it could be a story plucked out of thin air by newspapers and websites with nothing to talk about and a desperate need for clicks.
There’s nothing wrong with getting excited over transfer rumours. In fact, the opposite is true. Get excited! Think of the possibilities. Drool over the idea of Götze, Coutinho and Higuain buzzing around Daniel Sturridge. Fantasise about Loris Karius. That one just me? Ok. Think about whatever you want but stop getting so stressed about it all.
Klopp’s on holiday. Everyone fancied a bit of a break after a long and gruelling season. Transfers are extremely complex beasts that have many different parties involved and take a remarkably long while to get sorted. We all want the very best for Liverpool Football Club, but to some extent we’ve got that already with the man in the dugout.
When Klopp agreed to come to Liverpool there was excitement aplenty, not just because of what he did at Dortmund but also because of how he turned virtual unknowns into absolute superstars. The likelihood is that we won’t be signing Götze or Lewandowski this summer, but maybe it will turn out that we’ve already got something approaching similar but it took the German to untap their potential.
Transfer stories paint a picture, with the types of players we’re being linked to normally saying more about the club’s intentions than the likelihood of us signing the actual players themselves. Rumoured to be after loads of left-backs? Maybe the manager wants a new left-back and everyone is guessing who it is. It’s not rocket science.
Have a look at the rumoured targets and see what you think it says about the positions we’re hoping to fill this summer. Don’t get worked up over us not having signed any superstars yet.
Most importantly of all, though, bear in mind that we’re going to win the league next season. It makes the whole process of figuring out which players are going to be with us for the celebrations so much more fun.
I don’t know who is worse, the people who moan about LFC not signing every world class player in the world already or the people who write articles moaning about the former groups moaning about transfers. Or, like me, the people who moan about the people moaning about those people who are moaning about LFC’s lack of transfers already.
Circular moaning. It’s not silly season, it’s moaning season!
That picture of Hodgson and those signings still depresses me.
I realised that Hodgson’s three signings that he was pictured with have almost-balding hair. Is that what he looked for when signing players for LFC?
Fully on board with the we are going to win the league next season because we have Klopp and his team of merry men. As a paid up member of the John Smith fan club I am old enough to remember when we were the best run club in the land. In those halcyon days the club had a small number of staff but each of them new a lot about football and what a Liverpool footballer looked like. They seldom got it wrong. Rick Parry gets a bad press but his interview on TAW illustrated that it seems he had to do the job of several. Ian Ayre also seems to have the job of several which is why i am so happy we have Klopp. You get the feeling that Klopp understands the Liverpool job and he also seems to realise that you need to delegate and he seems cool with this idea. For the first time in a long time you feel that the manager is surrounded by good people and they are all working in the same direction and when a player arrives it is because Klopp wants them, knows where they are going to play and how to improve them and I’m cool with all of this.
Next year we are going to have several players back from loan and injury or that have already been signed. Goalie, 2 x CB’s, full back, CM, Markovitch and Ings, the spine of a team. I want more, of course, but given what happened since January and with a full pre-season I think we are going to be boss next year and win the league. Always remember that Djimi Traore has more CL winners medals than Arsenal, Man City and Spurs put together. Dare to dream
Spot on Adam. Makes me laugh how seriously some take it all, when most of it is utter bollocks. I used to work with a bloke who did a stint at a well-known footy website. One of his duties was to come up with transfer ‘rumours’, which involved him sloping off into a quiet room and simply making it all up, paying particular emphasis to the clubs/player combos most likely to generate hits. In the know indeed.
If in doubt about rumoured transfers check the Daily Mail. If they say it is happening you know it’s complete b*ll*cks