LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Daniel Agger of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Maxi (R) during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 28, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Over the past few days we've come suspiciously close to having real transfer news to talk about--Alberto Aquilani was finalizing a deal in Italy on Sunday, Andy Carroll was being romanced by Sam Allardyce and company on Monday--without any actual payoff. And while both look very likely to occur in some capacity, neither has actually taken place, leaving the Fabio Borini transfer as Liverpool's latest bit of business. So really it's like Liverpool are on some sort of phenomenal hot streak in the window, right?
But not really. Borini looks to be a great piece of business, and we're really excited to see him get a proper run-out with Luis Suarez and a healthy contingent of Liverpool's midfield. Still, other than that it's been a very difficult summer for Liverpool supporters to stomach, with two well-liked players already gone and no less than three fairly well-despised players still plying their trade in a red shirt. That doesn't forecast doom and gloom forever, but you might as well conclude that it's going to be doom and gloom forever.
Which is as good a segue as any to the talk about Daniel Agger potentially leaving Liverpool, with Manchester City apparently coming into the fold with a bid to keep the defender in the Premier League. Previously most of the attention had been rumored from Spain, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be interested. A deal within the Premier League seems very unlikely from a Liverpool perspective, especially at the £13m tag that's been discussed. Depending on what you read, a bid has either been prepared or submitted and rejected, which if true is at least a little encouraging.
I can't see Agger leaving Liverpool, and I'm happy to try to convince myself that it'll never happen. He's been committed, he's forged a strong working relationship with most of the core of the current squad, they've stuck with him through a number of long-term injuries, and he seems to be a perfect fit for Brendan Rodgers' preferred style of play. So no. Just no. Everywhere.
There's not really an upside to talking about a move for Daniel Agger, but if there's any it's that there hasn't been as much talk about a Martin Skrtel exit, which was one of the main topics over the past few weeks. That doesn't mean he's not leaving, of course, but it's at least quieted for the time being. Of the two I'd choose Agger to stay in a heartbeat, but if there was something in exits for both...oof.
It's disappointing that there's not as much talk of outgoing players as the season comes closer--you'd figure that each of Joe Cole, Charlie Adam, and Stewart Downing are being shopped, at least passively, but there hasn't been much (if anything) in the way of rumors or links or announcements that they're all going to retire and forfeit their wages.
The only other player in the squad that's had fairly consistent rumblings towards the door is Raheem Sterling, and he made his way back into the papers after the friendly in Baltimore. It's Spurs again who are apparently interested, but a permanent move, which they'd prefer, would be terrible business from a Liverpool perspective. He's the brightest young player in the squad, already popular with supporters, and one that's very close to breaking through, all at the age of 17. Loan I could see, but maybe on a short-term basis--I don't know that he's too far from getting minutes, especially if Liverpool are still in the Europa League when the domestic cups roll around.
On the way in it's the same batch--Joe Allen talk will increase after the Olympics, and will likely depend on what happens with Aquilani. Gaston Ramirez is back being a thing again, although that's dull even by Twitter standards right now. And from nowhere there's a focus on Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, who's also received interest from Manchester United, and is apparently willing to move. Still no word about cover at left-back or defensive midfield, which could be addressed with the Allen signing, which for me are still significant areas of concern along with depth up top.
But hey, it's still early. Isn't it?