Saturday 16 December 2017

Six deals under scrutiny

Liverpool business that would not have happened under John Henry and NESV:

Fernando Morientes

The Spanish international signed for £6.3m as a 28-year-old in January 2005, but he failed miserably at Anfield, scoring just 12 goals in 61 appearances. NESV's belief in signing young players would have precluded the deal.

Robbie Keane

Signed as a 28-year-old for £20.3m in 2008, the Ireland captain would also have been judged by NESV to be too old to warrant such a high fee.

Alberto Aquilani

Though the Italian international's age, at 26, and pedigree would have made him a legitimate target, concerns over his injury record would have ruled out a £17m move.

Maxi Rodriguez

The Argentina international (29) came on a free transfer boasting a fine pedigree, but his wages, believed to be around £70,000 a week until June 2013, may have discouraged NESV from such a long contract.

Jamie Carragher

Undoubtedly a loyal servant, but John W Henry may have been concerned by the sight of a 32-year-old being handed a lucrative two-year contract just before NESV completed its takeover.

Paul Konchesky

A four-year contract for a 29-year-old -- as well as a substantial £5m fee -- does not match the profile of deal NESV believes can help Liverpool develop in the long term.

Irish Independent

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