As Joe Allen moves ever closer to securing a £15million move to Liverpool, it beggars belief that such a great old club would even want to bring the Welsh youngster in.
Allen has had one half-decent season at Swansea City in the top flight, a side who played with abandon and got away with it, due to it being their first season in the Premier League.
The Swans will probably be relegated next season, when they suffer second season syndrome, much like Hull City before them. The side are 7/4 for the drop in the Premier League betting pages.
However, for Liverpool to be chasing the player for £15million shows that new boss, Brendan Rogers, is leading the club further down the garden path.
The eighteen time English league champions will only slip further behind their rivals if they buy mediocre mid-table players. Allen’s recent outing for Team GB at the Olympics hardly set the world alight.
When the Merseyside club came second to Manchester United in the 2008-9 season – the closest they were in years to securing the title they so covet – their midfield read: Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, and Dirk Kuyt.
Alonso is a European and World Cup winning midfielder; Mascherano has over 80 caps for Argentina; Kuyt has represented the Netherlands 90 times, and Steven Gerrard is the current England skipper.
Since that season, Liverpool have fallen further behind their title rivals, as the money of Manchester City has continued to talk, while Chelsea have gone onto win the Champions League, and United have surpassed them in titles won.
How can the signing of the 22-year-old Allen be a step in the right direction?
If Liverpool want to compete for the Premier League once again, they need to take a long hard look in the mirror and try and attract players to the club who are worthy of the badge.
The Reds are 20/1 for the title in the Liverpool betting on Bet Victor, indicating that the side could miss out on Champions League qualification once again.