|Suarez presented at the Nou Camp. (©GettyImages).|
The 2014 summer transfer window saw Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers instigate a major upheaval to a side which narrowly missed out
on the 2013/14 Premier League title – finishing just two points behind
Inevitably, such chaotic transfer activity led to comparisons being
drawn to Tottenham’s summer spending last season, where ex-manager André
Villas-Boas and current technical director, Franco Baldini, oversaw a
transformation that cost over £110 million, after selling their star
player, Gareth Bale, for a world record £86 million fee.
To quote Garth Crooks: ‘’They sold Elvis and bought the Beatles’’.
The meaning of this is that the idea of replacing their crown jewel with
several, yet high-quality jewels is theoretically sound. However
though, the success of this transfer policy solely depends on the
replacements. In Tottenham’s case, they failed to replace a genuinely
world-class talent, despite the influx of talent.
Thus far, it looks like Liverpool have made the same mistake, selling
Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75 million, contrary to Rodgers saying
how they would not make the same mistake as Tottenham. Judging by
Liverpool’s recent performances and current league standing, it seems
that most of their new signings have not made as much impact as hoped.
Therefore, we will analyse each new signing and judge whether they have been a hit or a bust.