Many Liverpool fans hope that on the 30th May Steven Gerrard will deliver them the FA Cup trophy as the ideal send off in his last ever game for Liverpool FC before he hops across the globe to finish his career in the sun of Los Angeles. Gerrard will bring to an end a stunning sixteen year career with the Reds so the obvious question is who is going to replace him as the Kops new idol?
Media speculation continues to be rife that Miralem Pjanic is Rodgers’ main target this summer but at £37million, , he is not a cheap replacement considering Liverpool are going to make nothing from Gerrards departure. Rodgers transfer dealings have been hit and miss to say the least and its a wonder if the Liverpool board will stump up such a large fee for Pjanic, but the question remains would he be worth it.
Interesting today it is rumoured that Glen Johnson is going to be in Rome to strike a deal to take him to Roma from the start of next season when his contract expires. (The Mirror, Thursday) Could this coincidentally act as a makeweight in the Pjanic deal, only time will tell.
Two summers ago Spurs broke their record transfer fee bringing Erik Lamela to White Hart Lane in a £30 million deal. The Argentine international struggled for the first season but now gradually we are starting to see him unlock the potential that made him one of Roma’s key players. Was this under the burden of expectancy or was it the price tag? If we are to look at Pjanic could the same thing not happen to him?
Unfortunately we currently live in a period where instant results are needed in football, none more so than in the Premier League so could Rodgers be allowed to sign another player and him not hit the ground running. Sturridge, Emre Can and Moreno could possibly be classed as the Rodgers signings who made an instant impact.
We are all aghast at the astronomical transfer figures that take place when a British player moves club to club these days and teams are judged that they go abroad for a cheaper alternative but what we see in Pjanic is a dearer alternative for someone who is unproven in the Premier League.
Most importantly do Liverpool need to sign a football player like Pjanic? Yes Gerrard is leaving at the end of the season, but they appear to have the ideal replacement in their team already with Jordan Henderson.
We have seen how long it has taken ‘Hendo’ to win around not only the Liverpool but England fans and people laughed at his £18 million price tag when he moved from Sunderland. Now he is surely set to become the next Liverpool captain and follow in Gerrard’s footsteps to greatness.
You would also have to believe that next season Emre Can after a string of impressive appearances firstly in defence and now in midfield will be given more game time in his designated position with Gerrards departure.
Joe Allen is also due to start contract extension talks for a new long term deal (The Daily Mail, Monday) and with Lucas Leiva still a Liverpool player Liverpool’s central midfield options seem to be in good shape post Gerrard.