Adam ready for clean start at Anfield
One of Charlie Adam's revelations yesterday about the pre-season he began with Blackpool -- when he was gratified that the usual system of players washing their own kits had been dropped -- provided the greatest insight into the gulf he has leaped to join Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool.
There are other, more predictable contrasts. At Blackpool, his debut in a defeat to Doncaster Rovers in February 2009 was made in front of 7,500 supporters.
With Liverpool in the Far East, he trained in front of 38,000 and scored his first goal in front of 80,000 against a Malaysian XI.
But nothing compared with the washing powder story.
"It was tough to lose out on moving to Liverpool in January," he said of that putative move. "And yeah, you think you may only have one go at coming to a club like this, so it was a difficult time for me.
"When I went back two days in pre-season to Blackpool, and we didn't have to wash our kit then. That was the first time, and it was pretty good.
"I think the lads are back to washing their kits again now, though. It's not a problem washing your own kit, it's part and parcel of life, and I wouldn't complain about it -- though it's been good to have someone else do it at Liverpool!"
Adam doesn't look like an ingenue at Melwood, though. He did most of the speaking for the four players being presented yesterday and served a repeated reminder that he knew the big time at Rangers, where he arrived as a 14-year-old but left after eight years in despair of a regular starting place.
"My career has been an experience so far. It hasn't all been plain sailing, but I think I have always taken steps forward. I played for Rangers at a young age, and had to go out on loan. People saw Blackpool as a step back, but I saw it as a step forward." (© Independent News Service)