Bad Weather, Transfers And Abusive Emails

Not three components you often expect to see in the title of a blog post but yes, they are the three most topical things surrounding Liverpool at the moment. After being unable to do my match preview yesterday due to our Tottenham fixture being postponed i thought i should fill the gap with a post about general goings on.

So like i just mentioned snow has caused havoc for the majority of Premier League clubs this weekend with only two games being played yesterday and none at all today. Liverpool filed for the option to postpone today's game on Friday after it was deemed that the areas surrounding the ground were simply too treacherous and rightly so, the safety of fans was put first.

With the lads due to face Reading on Wednesday for the second leg of the FA Cup tie it is quite possible that this fixture will be called off too. Reading themselves were also subject to postponing their own game yesterday against Newcastle and with this bad weather not looking to let up for a while there could be another re-arranged fixture to add to the list.

Maxi Rodriguez, nicknamed La Fiera (The Fierce One) is set to complete his Anfield move very soon. With negotiations going well, it appears only a slight stumbling block concerning a pay off deal on Athletico Madrid's part will be the only pause in the otherwise imminent arrival of the Argentinian international.

For those how you who haven't seen his goal for Argentina against Mexico in the 2006 World Cup, often simply referred to as "that goal", the clip below will show the excellence.

For a fee reported to be in the region of £1.2 million he could turn out to be an absolute steal. It is clear he is a very talented player, a goalscoring and attacking winger who Liverpool could benefit greatly from, providing he can adapt to the league and put the work in.

Maxi Rodriguez - Welcome To Anfield (In the hope that you do eventually get here.) YNWA.

So at the moment, that is the only real news for Liverpool on transfers coming our way, although we have been linked with a list of names including, Chamakh, Shawcross, Upson, Stearman, Moses, Heskey and a string of others. These however are mainly either paper talk or wishful thinking, for a starters with Stoke putting a £20million price tag on Shawcross, i can guarantee you that is a definite no go.

Some of the other options i.e. Wolves defender Richard Stearman and young Crystal Palace prospect Victor Moses are sensible options money wise but it is questionable whether they will be of benefit in play to the club. With Johnson ruled out for at least a month though expect a RB drafted in by Benitez to provide cover.

So that's the news in the direction of Anfield but what about those on the ship out?

Well first to go was Andrea Dossena who successfully made the switch to Italian side Napoli for a fee reported to be £4million. Dossena wasn't exactly a fan favourite and was often used as a scapegoat in poor results, i thought the versatile left back was a good asset to the squad myself and would not have been devastated had he of remained in Liverpool, in the long term though and when weighing up the fact that Rafa simply has to rake in his own funds i think it was for the best.

One thing we shall never forget for certain though are his goals against Manchester United and Real Madrid. Thank you for your service Andrea. (Apologies for second clip, best i could find from a quick search).

Voronin has made the move to Dynamo Moscow, although it is not finalised as of yet it is pretty certain he will be playing his football in Russia from here on in.

Andriy Voronin, although he appeared to give 100% could just never seem to get it right at Liverpool, despite a very successful loan period at Hertha Berlin in the midst of his Anfield stay whenever he played in red he was always very frustrating. With David N'Gog becoming more and more of a threat Voronin's time even on the bench was becoming questionable.

For a fee believed to be around £2million, in my eyes Rafa has done extremely well to negotiate that price with the Russians.

My choice of remembrance for our ex Ukrainian counterpart? ...

God only knows what he was thinking... Farewell & good luck Andriy.

Other faces who could be set to leave Liverpool within this window are Philip Degen and Ryan Babel, not a lot has been happening on the Degen front however Babel has been subject to many stories and links. Despite Rafa insisting that he wants the Dutchman to say, there are big feelings that if a fee in the region of £12 million was offered, he may be allowed out the door.

Birmingham reportedly had a £8million offer rejected by the club and so far they have not made an attempt to improve the offer.

So on a final note, Liverpool FC fans and supporters union Spirit Of Shankly are furious after an enquiry email sent from a fan to Tom Hicks Snr, Tom Hicks Jnr and George Gillett asking about a newspaper article highlighting the difficulties and financial situation of what both the club and manager Rafael Benitez are having to deal with was responded to with abuse.

In apparent frustration Tom Hicks Jnr, replied to the email and was reported to have used phrases and words such as "idiot" and "Go to hell. I'm sick of you."

In a time when Liverpool fans are already at the end of their tethers with the fat cat Americans after failing to arise to promises of a new stadium, dragging the club into crippling debt and distancing themselves from the fan base this will only add to an already bubbling cauldron filled with a fuming Anfield faithful.

You can read more on this story at:

Spirit Of Shankly

The Telegraph

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