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Season Review - Liverpool. Part Two.

By Can We Play You Every Week? @canweplayblog
Continuing our series of articles reviewing the past season's fortunes of teams from across the footballing world, here's the second and final part of Guest Writer Bradley Elvin's Season Review on his team Liverpool.By Bradley Elvin

Season Review - Liverpool. Part Two.

Dalglish brought in strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to
replace the Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres.

It seemed like the takeover by NESV and the appointment of Kenny Dalglish came just in time for Liverpool, as by this time the January transfer window was among us.With only slight improvements on the pitch with tough away games against Everton and in the F.A. Cup Manchester United ending in a 2-2 draw and 1-0 defeat respectively, Liverpool were out of another competition. However massive changes to the squad soon followed, with Paul Konchesky moving on loan to Nottingham Forest until the end of the season. But the transfer that got everybody talking, after months of speculation, was the sale of superstar striker Fernando Torres. After a illustrious Liverpool career which saw him reach 50 goals faster than any player before him in a Liverpool shirt including Rush, Fowler and Anthony Le Tallec he moved to rivals Chelsea and after some hard negotiation Chelsea had to fork out 50 million pounds, a record fee for an English club to pay.

Season Review - Liverpool. Part Two.

Chelsea paid a record £50 million fee for Spanish
World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres.

However this left little time for Liverpool to find a much needed replacement for Torres, however like London buses you wait for 1 great striker and 2 come at once. Liverpool splashed out a club record £35 million on in form target man Andy Carroll from Newcastle United, somewhat of a risk giving his lack of experience for such a fee and the fact he was being asked to wear the famous number 9 shirt. Liverpool also splashed out a further 22 million pounds on Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Ajax, a player known for his controversial hand-ball that broke the hearts of the Ghanaian nation in the 2010 World Cup.However big changes to the squad didn’t bring big changes to results, with Liverpool again losing to Blackpool and getting knocked out of the Europa League at the hands of Portuguese outfit Braga. But this certainly wasn’t going to dishearten the current mood at Anfield, there was a return of a legend and 2 new class strikers to replace 1 fading forward, and the expenditure worked out about even for Liverpool for the 3 deals. Not only was Dalglish bringing in expensive talent, but constant injuries and a lack of depth saw Liverpool bring through youngsters such as Jay Spearing, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan, players who certainly have great futures ahead of them.

Season Review - Liverpool. Part Two.

Dirt Kuyt celebrates his hat-trick against rivals
Manchester United at Anfield.

By the latter stages of the season there was little to play for, with Liverpool out of every competition and very much looking to the future. This meant time for the new strikers to settle and to give Dalglish time to see what the squad he inherited could do. With little pressure on them, Liverpool were able to play some fantastic free flowing attacking football at times, beating Manchester United at Anfield 3-1 in the process, with new sensation Luis Suarez dismantling United’s defence to set up Dirk Kuyt’s close range hat trick. Again a Manchester club felt the wraith of Dalglish’s revitalised Reds with a fantastic 3-0 win this time against City. It was Carroll’s turn to take the glory with a quality double, with the ever present Dirk Kuyt finishing the scoring, with all the goals coming in the 1st half. It wasn’t all coming up roses however; a shocking display at Upton Park against bottom of the league West Ham with the Hammers winning 3-1 was certainly a wakeup call that Dalglish still has work to do with the squad over the summer. The last highlight of the season was with a superb 5-2 victory over an in form and usually resilient Fulham at Craven Cottage, Suarez again running the show, but it was Maxi Rodriguez who seemed to finally find his feet under Dalglish who scored a hat-trick in this game. It was certainly a performance which left Liverpool supporters lying awake at night wondering what next season can bring with these new breed of superstars. Undoubtedly Liverpool can no longer be accused of being a “2 man team”.

Season Review - Liverpool. Part Two.

Raul Meireles scoring Liverpool's goal of the season
against Wolves, in the opinion of Guest Writer
Bradley Elvin.

So what was an extremely eventful season for The Reds with new owners, managers and strikers along the way, ended with the Liverpool supporters chomping at the bit for summer transfers and the new season to begin.Player of the season: Raul Meireles.Goal of the season: Raul Meireles against Wolves.Surprise of the season: Lucas Leiva’s consistent performances which cemented his place as a first team regular.If you share our passion for football and would like to share your views with a worldwide audience, Can We Play You Every Week? offers you the chance to write either a single or series of articles on a subject of your choice as a guest writer.If you're interested in becoming a guest writer, or simply would like some more information, send us an email at [email protected] or alternatively Tweet us @canweplayblog  

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