The January transfer window saw a hive of activity at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers forked out over 20 million pounds in order to acquire Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho from Chelsea and Inter Milan respectively.
On the way out of Anfield were Alexander Doni, whose ill-fated spell in England ended with a return to his native Brazil. Nuri Sahin, whose loan spell was terminated, and Joe Cole who made the switch back to his boyhood club – West Ham.
The January transfer window has certainly not been a bad one for Liverpool. None of the players whom have left the club will prove to be a great loss. Doni’s appearances were few and far between, and in his two years at the club he made only a handful of appearances, whilst Sahin and Cole were both reduced to the role of bit part players this season, and the Kop outfit will be relieved to have gotten all three off their wage bill.
The incoming signings at Liverpool show consistency with Rodgers philosophy of showing faith in younger players. Both Sturridge and Coutinho are enormously talented and have the potential to be terrific signings for Liverpool, but one can’t help feeling that Rodgers may have been better off adding some experience to his squad.
Whilst Sturridge has experience of playing in the Premiership, this is the first time where he will be an integral part of the first team squad, and Coutinho, whilst prodigiously talented has no previous experience of the rough and tumble of the English game, and it is anticipated that he will require time to settle.