Kenny Dalglish will be pressed to say whether he thinks the Andy Carroll deal he had Liverpool make with Newcastle 15 months ago was a good one.
Kenny Dalglish – I made a mistake with Andy Carroll – not!
And of course at that point it’s all political, and Kenny needs to say he is happy with the deal, even though it’s been a very disappointing move from a Liverpool perspective.
This is what Kenny Dalglish actually said today:
“People are entitled to their opinion,” “There are always going to be people saying it was good business or bad. But that doesn’t make any difference really.”
“We were delighted to get him and we are still very pleased to have him.” “Some settle in quicker, but Andy’s settled in the area now and he’s worked really well to progress his career.”
The Newcastle dealings in the transfer market make Liverpool’s transfer business look even worse, with Newcastle spending less than a quarter of the money Kenny Dalglish has spent.
And yet Newcastle have become a very good side this season and are above Liverpool in the league table.
We remember that movie Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey in 1997, when he kept saying things he really meant, because he just couldn’t help it.
It would be hilarious to hear what managers really think about stuff, as they blurt out the truth without being able to stop themselves.
Can you ever imagine a manager actually telling it like it is – and maybe Kenny should have said something like this today:
“We are very disappointed with the deal that brought Andy to Liverpool.” “The lad just doesn’t look anywhere near a £35M striker.”
“And his goal-scoring record, or lack thereof at Liverpool, proves that.” “And it’s not to say my other transfer dealings were much better either.”
“I made some terrible deals and it appears I have cost the American owners an awful lot of money in transfer fees.”
We don’t think Kenny would be in the Liverpool manager’s position for very long, if he had made a statement like that, so a lot of what managers say are necessarily political in nature, and they usually make themselves look good.
That’s what Kenny’s actual statement is trying to do today.