We've gained something of a reputation for not being the most avid Charlie Adam supporters over the past year and a half, with mostly negative opinions about adding the player to Liverpool's squad since he was first linked in January of 2011. Events today--in which Adam was accused, erroneously, of faking an injury to get some time off--make it feel slightly necessary to at least mention that even though we think Liverpool's better without him in the eleven than with him, we've not known him to be anything other than committed to the cause, and that he was selected for much of the past season was not really something that he could control.
Anyhow, last summer saw the first real explosion of in-the-knows, with Twitter proving a major culprit, and the Charlie Adam saga was as good an example as any. That he wasn't a major signing in the mold of Fernando Torres or Luis Suarez was one thing, but the manner in which the deal unfolded was nigh-on unbearable. Unfortunately this summer has unfolded in a similar manner, and while the feelings about Adam have changed (and not really for better), the past month or so has almost been a carbon-copy, with reports of agreements for Gaston Ramirez, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Fabio Borini, among others, already confirmed and then proving to be nothing other than more attention-seeking. "Liverpool Agreeing a Deal for Charlie Adam" happened in reality, but much of what surrounded it--and much of what's occurred this summer--didn't.