- Sep 25, 2012
I think you are misunderstanding me.You seem to be contradicting yourself. First you say that it was the right thing to do to wait for Van Dijk, but then you suggest that we should have signed one of the CB's "out there" and that they that would have had a similar impact to Van Dijk had we signed them. What CB's are these? Who would have been of a similar quality and would have been happy to sign for only 1 season before then be replaced by Van Dijk midseason? Do you really think we could have afforded Van Dijk's collosal transfer fee if part of that had been spent on someone else?
You also said "But for the chances of LFC achieving something in that season it wasn't.". Are you forgetting that we made it to the CL final that season? That alone makes it clear that it was worth waiting for Van Dijk instead of signing someone else for the first 3 months of the season.
We weren't in a position to challenge for the title that season either, and achieved the objective of Top 4 despite not signing another CB to cover the first 3 months.
My point here isn't to belittle you, in fact I think we agree on many things. Especially your comment that "If (and it is only an if) we land the player Klopp really wants after waiting for them it will probably be for the best in the long term. That doesn't mean we dont suffer in the short term."
Yes, it is a slight gamble to not have cover behind Mané this season at LW, but I'd rather take that risk and sign the PERFECT player next summer, rather than signing an inferior player now just for the sake of it, who would then become a hindrance to a future signing of said player. For example, imagine a situation where Sessegnon is available in January or next summer, but we've already signed some other inferior LW that hinders a move for Sessegnon.
Whatever the case, I think the scouting and recruitment team and Klopp have earned the right for us to be patient this summer, after a series of awesome transfer windows and the CL win. They clearly know what they're doing.
It was the right thing to do to wait and bring VvD in.
That doesn't mean we didn't suffer that season by waiting.
Maybe if we had brought someone else in instead of VvD we still make the CL final, win a cup and finish 2nd?
But long term it's better to take the pain of that season and get the right guy.
That's why I'm saying it's not wrong to discuss the issues the squad will have this season just because it's what is best in the long term (and only then if we do actually land the player we wait for).
This season we will be harming our chances of competing for and winning top honours by not bringing someone in who is starting quality.
We have the money and the room in the squad we wont harm ourselves by bringing them in.
If we dont bring them in we might still win things, we might be lucky (again) with injuries and everyone will laugh at those of us making a fuss.
But it seems like the club are taking a risk every summer at the moment.
There is absolutely no reason why we can't fit another top forward in. If there was then why would we be waiting for one for next summer?
Can we cope without one? Yes, providing we are lucky with injuries and either some academy kids develop well or we go out of side competitions early.
That's gambling. That's taking risks. I dont like it. The club is making ridiculous money and declaring massive profits we dont have to gamble like this.
If the shit hits the fan and say Robertson and Mane pick up Ox and Brewster style injuries do people think we will still get 90+ points, CL final etc again?
We depend on specific players availability and its sods law itll bite us in the ass.
Will we be as attractive next summer as we are this if things have gone wrong and we have a blip?
If you keep waiting for tomorrow then tomorrow may never come. Those players we might hold fire on now to spend big on next season may move to Barca and Real Madrid instead. What do we do then?
I feel like sometimes we may have this mentality come back and bite us in the ass. This seems like it could be one of those occasions and I'm worried. We took gambles with our front three with rubbish depth for a couple of seasons now. Every year the chances of it backfiring increase. This year is the one when we should have kicked on and sorted it.
We've almost no other needs, even left back can wait if it has to, huge money made by the club, we've never been as appealing, room in the squad, real positive buzz for the team to bounce into next season with and we have other clubs running scared. The mentality on recruitment should have been "we cannot fail to take advantage of this perfect storm and establish ourselves as a force, we get the best option we possibly can and we make this our year"! Not "well let's not over commit here, let's do the ground work on the right target and if they are available now great if not let's wait till they are, we can cope"!
Let's not forget that Robertson and Salah were guys put forward by the recruitment team when pursuits of original targets failed and we needed alternatives. It's not like its VvD vs Johnny Evans when it comes to our transfer business.