Liverpool: Clear As Day 2013-14 Issue 1
Over the summer Vital Liverpool will once again be serialising editor Gavin John Day's acclaimed Clear As Day football column...
During the course of the past season Vital Liverpool editor Gavin John Day has continued to pen his monthly column, entitled Clear As Day, for LFC fanzine Anfield Roar.
With the campaign now over we are delighted to be able to share these articles with you and will be publishing the series at regular intervals over the coming weeks.
We naturally start at the beginning with the first Clear As Day of 2013-14 in which Gavin predicts the outcome of the Premier League and attempts to select his fantasy team.
Clear As Day #2.1
Originally published: August 2013
With the new season fast approaching, I, like many other football fans across the world, have started to consider the makeup of my Premier League Fantasy Team.
Never an easy task but one made even more difficult these days by the small matter of the season kicking-off two weeks prior to the transfer window closing.
Consequently, amongst other things, one has to weigh up whether or not a particular player will still be with his current employers come September.
The uncertainty is even more keenly felt this summer with the future of last season's two biggest stars - Tottenham's Gareth Bale and our very own (for now at least) Luis Suarez - still very much up in the air.
The duo have been heavily linked with moves and it is highly likely that one, or indeed both, will not even be plying their trade in this country next month.
As a Liverpool fan, the Suarez transfer saga is obviously an unwanted distraction and, although I can understand the pull of Real Madrid, I really cannot get my head around the possibility of him moving to Arsenal.
The obvious plus, from the Uruguayan's perspective at least, is the Gunners are in the Champions League but that is surely negated by the fact they've won nothing for eight years and have a recent history filled with selling their best players?
Ironically, given the cobwebs that have since formed in the Emirates trophy cabinet around the 2005 FA Cup, the annoying 'Lonely' by Akon was number one in the UK singles chart at the time of their last success.
During the period that has followed, and despite largely being perceived to have struggled on the field, being close to bankruptcy at one point off of it and changing managers and boardroom personnel as often as Robbie Keane changes clubs, Liverpool have won two trophies and reached two further finals.
Joking aside, and ignoring my clear bias, when everything is taken into account rationally (history, global reach, future prospects etc etc etc), surely we are still a bigger club and a better bet than Arsenal?
The most galling thing about the proposed Suarez move is his initial protestations that a move away from Anfield was needed to escape the English press.
Last time I checked, Arsenal not only play in England but are also based in the nation's capital, London, where the media intrusion and scrutiny is even more intense than on Merseyside.
Suarez's constant pushing for a transfer over the summer from the safety of his native South America has been very hard to stomach, especially considering the support everyone afforded the player during his numerous high-profile misdemeanours.
If the 26-year-old really wants to go then the very least he owes us is some common courtesy; stop the game playing and submit a formal transfer request!
Liverpool have so far done well to bring in new faces and move a few out, many on-loan, but there comes a point when you want all your activity done and dusted.
As we've seen before, if a transfer drags on until the final few days, or even hours, of the window then the club can be seriously compromised and left without a replacement or forced into panic buying.
I'm hopeful he will see sense and stay for what promises to be another exciting season of Premier League football but I am sadly doubtful.
As it stands, my prediction is for Manchester City to regain the title they surrendered to local rivals United last term.
The purchases of Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, although making a mockery of the proposed Financial Fair Play initiative at almost £100million combined, strengthen an already impressive squad substantially.
As for the Reds, we really need to finish in the top four this season or it will get even harder to convince our best players to stay and to attract new ones of the calibre needed to get back into the Winners Enclosure on a regular basis.
Our pursuit of Champions League qualification should be boosted by the lack of Europa League football on a Thursday night and if Suarez stays, I genuinely think we will do it.
Without him, depending on replacements, it's a long-shot at best.
My 2013/14 Fantasy Team: (4-3-3) Mignolet, Richards, Agger, Cahill, Coleman, Mirallas, Gerrard, Giaccherini, Altidore, Negredo, Bony. Subs: Speroni, Young, Ben Arfa, Riise.
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Previous articles in this series
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 1
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 2
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 3
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 4
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 5
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 6
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 7
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 8
Clear As Day 2012-13 Issue 9
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