Liverpool Closing in on Jovanovic & Other News

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool have been trying to sign a suitable striker to pair along side and back-up Fernando Torres for a while now. The Robbie Keane experiment didn’t work out (but whose fault was that? Keane was not used correctly), and since then Liverpool have been on the market to make a smart, inexpensive signing for a quality striker. That isn’t an easy task, but Liverpool may have finally done it with the signing of Jovanovic, if it is as close as reported. Let’s look into that and a few other news stories other the world of Football.

Jovanovic will add great depth to the Liverpool ranks, a rather slim one right now. With a shortage of powerful strikers in the transfer market for reasonable prices, Liverpool went after one whose contract runs out at the end of the year–something Arsenal is also trying to do. With the current budget crisis and credit crunch around the world, clubs are trying to find ways around paying large transfer fees for quality players. And players are willing to hold out through the end of a year because they know it may be the only way they can improve on their situation or move from their current club.

Liverpool need this signing to show their fans that the club is trying to make headway with new signings and bringing in reinforcements for a run at the league title next year. Liverpool is currently in fifth place in the league and needs to finish the season in the top four to qualify for Champions League play. If they don’t then the club may be forced to sell off their high profile players. This signing and the Maxi Rodriguez signing will bolster the quality of the squad by adding good players in much needed positions. The signings also allow the club to sell of some of their underachieving players.

Now can Liverpool start to produce some young talent from their youth academy that can fill in soon for some of the injured players and aging familiar faces.

Harry Kewell’s Agent Blaims Liverpool for Injuries

Maybe Bernie Mandic is right. Maybe Liverpool’s doctors are not the best, I can’t say I don’t believe him.

It seems that players are falling ill to the same injuries, over and over again. Gerrard and Torres have missed large chunks of the past few seasons with hampering injuries that shouldn’t continue to be aggravated. How is it that they get hurt in the Liverpool jersey so often? Yes they log a lot of playing time and yards on their legs, but I look around the league and see other players staying fit and making an impact week in and week out.

But there isn’t any real evidence of wrong doing, so we have to look at this with a grain of salt and see an agent trying to the best price for his player when contract negotiations or transfer rumors come around.

As for Kewell as a player, these comments put a little seed in the brain and make me wonder, what if? And it makes me think about how good Kewell could have been in a Liverpool jersey. He is leading the Turkish Premier League in goals with 9 and helping Galatasary challenge Federbache for the title. We will have to wait and see what he can do in the Europa League and if his new fitness is leading to displays of what was seen while he played on the wing for Leeds.

Stuart Holden Needs To Play

Holden signed on to play for Bolton Wanderers for the rest of the Premier League season in a free transfer from MLS team Houston Dynamo. The Scottish born US-international needs to play and playing time with the Wanderers looks short as the team struggles to stay out of relegation. But with the injury to Clint Dempsey, Holden now has his chance to make his mark on one of the attacking midfield/wingers for the USA World Cup squad.

If he can make a few appearances, and get in on some reserve matches, then surely Holden will be playing good football and learning a lot under new Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Holden will likely spend most of, if not all of, the season on the reserve squad with a few bench appearances and maybe a few substitutions coming his way. He needs to be patient and make a good impression on the Bolton manager because his style of play fits well into the Premier League and he can develop into a talented winger of the Landon Donovan mold.

Holden’s progress is surely being monitered by Bob Bradley, and without a doubt he will be included into the World Cup squad, but his playing time can be anywhere from starter to riding the pine depending on how well he does at Bolton and staying in match fitness.

Kevin Koczwara can be reached at kkoczwar@gmail.com. Follow The Soccer Guys on Twitter at @TheSoccerGuys

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