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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Feb 1, 2013 15:13 Flag

    Successful transfer window?

    I'd say successful overall. Of course as fans we want everything under the sun so a LB, a hard man another back up keeper and of course Ince would have been nice, but realistically getting a good deal in January is a challenge without either overpaying, getting something that is less than is what is written on the outside of the tin, or both.

    But I also think we can look at this as confidence in our owners. Yes again we always want them to spend more, but 3rd highest spend in the prem (and only on 2 players) only beaten by two clubs (QPR and Newcastle) who maybe fighting off relegation and were therefore forced to spend. So very hard to say FSG were not being supportive.

    Bottom line we strengthened, not just from where we were in December but relative to the clubs around us, therefore I'd call it a success.

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    • Is your determination, that we have had a successful transfer window,solely based on the fact that we actually bought 2 players to hopefully strengthen the team? Am I being a little too cautious in daring to hope that in the fullness of time the same two players will have successfully proved their worth by the end of the season and thus have equally proved that we have indeed enjoyed a successful transfer window by the same definition?

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      • Sturridge seems to have slotted in nicely..

        As for Coutinho we can only hope he'll be a star like Suarez has been..

        As far as I'm aware he still hasn't been granted a work permit..

        So what do we do in that event? Loan him somewhere in Europe until he qualifies for a permit then get him back?

      • I'm not really sure I understand your question. In my mind the best use of any transfer window it to try and strengthen the team. Whether that has actually occurred or not can't be proven immediately and will be tested in time, but I do think that is what the club tried to do.

        But it’s also nice to see this window also shows that the owners are trying to support the club financially toward progress. Again, whether there will be actual progress, only time will tell, but by providing the manager with funds and not asking him to raise money from sales that does look like their intent.

        Additionally I think it helps to dispel the common notion of some that they are only about balancing the books and taking their pound of flesh. I do have no doubt that they want LFC to be profitable from which they can take their share, but it looks for now that they want to invest in the club so it can gain success and therefore create even more profit later.

        That sounds much more like days past when we as supporters did not worry about the books, because we did not have to worry about the financial health of our club. The owners always took their profit, but provided enough investment to keep the success on the pitch as that was the secret of the gravy train we all enjoyed. Ownership like that avoids the boom and bust which has impacted so many other clubs, and almost took us down through the miss management of the Toxic Texan, so I do hope we have returned to prudent ownership.

    • Dave, I think you need to worry more about FFP. Spending lots of dosh in the transfer windows may make the fans happy in the short term but what if you get banned from European competition in the longer term?

      You should look at a club like Chelsea to see how to do it. Not only did CFC report a profit in the most recent accounts it also made a profit in the transfer window.

      Hope this helps.


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      • That's good Robert. Don't you know we're owned by the Sheiks of Massachusetts who are drilling for oil and natural gas under Boston Common, so we've no need for FFP anymore!

        Although to be serious, as I'm sure you know FFP does not mean a club cannot spend money, just can't live beyond its means. If the club is plowing all its profits back into the club to ensure greater success I'm all for that.

        But maybe the world is turning upside down with even City having a negative net spend in this window, but then again they've got a lot of red ink to balance.