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Liverpool Transfer Options: 8 Wide Men Who Could Solve the Reds' Wing Woes
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I think we can all agree that Liverpool have a number of needs in this transfer window. A new striker is an obvious need given Liverpool's lack of goals this season.

Luis Suarez, as brilliant as he is, simply hasn't been clinical enough. Andy Carroll has been a major disappointment and really hasn't shown anything to suggest he will ever prove good enough for the Reds. Craig Bellamy has been fantastic but his knee issues mean he can only play limited games. And Dirk Kuyt seems to be on a major downturn in his career.

A few weeks back I put together an article listing seven potential strike partners for Luis Suarez, and following on from that I thought I'd compile a list of potential targets for the wide role, which Liverpool desperately need to fill.

Those of you who watched the recent match against Manchester City saw a Liverpool team desperately short of creativity. Liverpool simply must add a creative wide player to their ranks this month, or regardless of what striker they bring in to partner Suarez, they will still struggle to score.

The Reds' current wide options are: Stewart Downing, who has been a major disappointment since arriving and is the type of player more suited to servicing Andy Carroll, rather than Luis Suarez; Jordan Henderson, who is clearly better suited to a central role; Maxi Rodriguez, who doesn't seem to be a favourite of Kenny Dalglish despite his goalscoring record; and the aforementioned Bellamy and Kuyt.

I think it's fair to say that re-enforcements are needed—and quickly. 

In this article I've looked at realistic targets not requiring transfer fees in excess of £20 million. Some have been linked with the Reds this month, some have been linked in the past, and one is someone I rate very highly but haven't heard mentioned in connection with Liverpool.

I've written a number of transfer target-related articles over the last couple of months, so rather than repeat myself, I will not list anyone I have already talked about. 

I hope you enjoy.

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