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Blackpool Dream Lives On With Charlie Adam Transfer to Liverpool

Last season, Blackpool was one of the top stories in the Premiership, adding so much romanticism and excitement to the league. Now, one of the mainstays of Blackpool’s success (despite their relegation) has joined Liverpool. Captain Charlie Adam will be playing his football for manager Kenny Dalglish next season, not Ian Holloway. But even though the Scot will be wearing red next season instead of Tangerine, the Blackpool legacy will live on. It’ll be a true joy to see if Adam can replicate his success at Liverpool and, perhaps, reach even greater heights.

I, for one, will be looking forward to seeing what Adam can do in midfield for Liverpool. Can he can create as provide wonderful service with clinical passes and crosses to Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll? If so, Adam will need to be more consistent than he was last season for Blackpool where he would went through spells of mediocrity followed by dashes of brilliance.

At the end of the day, Blackpool performed a great piece of business with Charlie Adam. In the January transfer window, Liverpool’s initial bid was £4.5 million, which Holloway described as disgraceful. Now that a deal has been struck, the transfer fee is believed to be £9 million.

So while Blackpool will be playing Championship football next season, some neutral soccer observers will relish reliving their wonderful Blackpool memories through Adam. But what do you think? Do you think Charlie Adam can make the grade at Liverpool? And if so, where do you see him slotting into an already-crowded midfield?

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14 Responses to Blackpool Dream Lives On With Charlie Adam Transfer to Liverpool

  1. Guy says:

    I don’t have any answers to your questions. I will leave that to those wiser than I. However, I don’t see how this addition can be anything but helpful. Liverpool fans won’t be wanting for effort from Charlie.

  2. Nelson says:

    I think Liverpool got a great signing for that money. Adam should make a great impact. I enjoyed watching Blackpool play last season because of there spirit and exciting football. I was very disappointed to see them relegated. However, none of that magic will be captured by watching Adam play with the Reds. He is just one man.

  3. I was browsing for some latest updates for soccer in that search i got your post that is also of my type thanks for posting it.

  4. Adrock jasper says:

    It gladen my heart 2 see Adam join us liverpool we w’l h’ve a fantastic season in 2011/2012

  5. Drew M. says:

    Adam’s form dipped last season because everyone else figured out that to stop Blackpool, you just had to contain Adam and their horrible defense would do the rest. It’ll be interesting to see how Adam performs on the pitch when he is not the biggest threat and other teams can’t afford to mark him with two men.

  6. FC Asheville says:

    This is an absolute steal for LFC. £7/8M for a PFA PoY Finalist and the best player on Blackpool?! Well done KK and Commolli!

    Welcome Charlie!!

  7. Footyhip says:

    Very well done by L’pool. Adam was quite brilliant last season, and this signing will give Gerrard a lot of freedom in that midfield. It will be interesting to see where they go from here in terms of selling a midfielder or two and how they’ll line up for the first match.

  8. dominjon says:

    7 mill pounds with add ons that could take it as high as 8.5. A very good price.

  9. Jason says:

    Liverpool paid 7.5 million which will increase to 8.5 million depending on appearance. Alex Ferguson said he thought Adam’s corners themselves were worth 10 million.

    I don’t think Adam is a consistent enough player that he will be absolutely terrific for Liverpool. At Blackpool he was the main man so it will be a different role for him at Liverpool where he may come off the bench more often than not. He will get his chances to start against the bottom teams where he will make his mark. Liverpool in recent years have always struggled against the bottom teams so maybe that trend will be reversed. Just two or three more wins against the bottom teams will push Liverpool into the top 4.

    Unlike others, I don’t pay too much attention to the amount paid but whether or not a player will be able to play his role in the club. In that I think Liverpool have done well.

  10. MUFC77 says:

    All things considered right now 8m for him is a good deal. Remains to be seen if he can improve his game and be more consistent at the highest level which he’s going to have to do, if he does that the could end up being one of the bargains of the summer.

  11. Larry says:

    Considering that Gerard is getting old and is injury-prone buying Adam as cover is a very astute move by Liverpool. Liverpool now have two players of decent quality for every midfield position so that if injuries hit they will be able to cope. It will also increase competition for starting places which can only benefit the team.

    The league title is rarely won by how well teams do against the top 6 but how well they do against lesser opposition. Liverpool’s failure these past few seasons has been that they haven’t been able to beat the Blackpools and West Hams. Hopefully that will now change which could have a huge impact on Liverpool’s chances of getting back into the top 4 and eventually winning a title.

    You can see that Daglish is buying as much for some needs now as for the future. That he only has a 3 year deal and that players like Henderson may not blossom till later tells you that he is not worried about whether some of his buys pay dividend during his tenure. Liverpool are very fortunate to have him as manager as he is all about the club. It’s easy to see why Liverpool have been so successful under him so far.

  12. Eden says:

    With the moves Liverpool are making they should replace Arsenal in the top 4.

  13. Norm says:

    I doubt that Adam will be the same player at Liverpool as he was at Blackpool. He will have a different role at Liverpool that have lots of world class players much better than he is. He may not even play as much if all the midfielders at Liverpool are fit. I see him filling a void when injuries hit the club. Terrific player to come on as a substitute as well. He may well fill in for Gerard when needed.

  14. Brian says:

    Adam had a very good first half of the season with Blackpool but faded in the second half. In fact his pass rate was horrible in the second half of the season. He also struggled in Scotland before joining Blackpool. His inconsistency should be a major cause of concern for Liverpool fans. He would be a good player to bring off the bench. It will be interesting to see if Kenny Daglish can turn him into a consistent performer.

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