As a Liverpool fan I am not feeling all that confident at the moment - the Reds finished fourth last season, had poor runs in the Domestic Cups and despite a strong Champion's League still look as if they trail both Man U and Chelsea in quality.
Yes we have Torres, Gerrard, Babel and co. but so far in the off-season Liverpool have lost Crouch (to Pompey), Riise (to Roma) and Kewell (to Galataseray). Coming into the squad are the 'no-namers' Diego Cavalieri in goals (Liverpool already have a host of back up keepers), Andrea Dossena (left back) and Philip Degen ( defence). Forgive me if I am not celebrating as of yet. For one who is going to partner Fernando Torres up front? Voronin and Kuyt are not prolific and unless we hurry up and pick up Robbie Keane (which seems unlikely if United acquire Dmitar Berbatov - Spurs cannot afford to give up both of their front men) goal scoring may be an issue next season. I hope that we are not forced to settle for some Spanish striker from Malaga or Cadiz, as seems the norm with Liverpool for players these days.
On other fronts. Here is my opinion on some of the moves and potential moves (potential moves are indicated with a ?)
Ronaldinho to Milan from Barcelona - The Bbrazilian has been in decline since the 2006 World Cup. He could re-ignite his career at the San Siro but Ancelotti (the AC Milan manager) has to be concerned that Ronaldinho's partnership (in the Brazilian national team) with AC Milan's other playmaker, Kaka, has not yielded results in the past.
Robinho to Chelsea (?) - The Brazilian is overvalued and will only move if Real Madrid can acquire Ronaldo from Man U or Chelsea are dumb enough to pay the ridiculous asking price (40 million pounds plus). Then again the Blues did buy Veron, Mutu and several other wannabees at exorbitant prices.
Ronaldo to Real Madrid from Man U (?) - According to Herr Blatter - FIFA's resident empty barrel, the Portuguese superstar is a slave to United - despite the fact that he earns millions a year with the European Champion's (if this is slavery bring it on). The Ronaldo saga is ultra boring..............yawn. Personally I wish, alongside most non- Man U fans, that he would leave, along with his jiggle and diving attributes and join Real Madrid where he can then play alongside other such premaddonasas Van der Horseface, Sjneider and Robben. Anyway it looks as though he won't be sold..............yet for now.
Hleb to Barcelona from Arsenal - If Arsene Wenger lets you go it must be because you have past your best sell by date. I doubt whether the Frenchman is wrong on this one. He certainly wasn't with Overmars, Petit, Viera and Henry.
Steve Sidwell Chelsea to Aston Villa - From benchwarmer at Chelsea to partial benchwarmer at Villa. A good move for Stevie boy.
David Bentley Blackburn to Spurs(?) - This would represent a great pickup for London's regular underachievers but expect Paul Ince and his Lancashire enterouge to milk this for all its worth (although not as much as Aston Villa's Martin O'Neill who performed a textbook case study in how to lose a positve sale with respect to the Gareth Barry debacle).