Liverpool Transfer News: 10 Youngsters Who Could Bring Life to Dalglish's Lineup
Liverpool have been in dire need of a creative spark all season. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have both been that at times but have yet to be able to team up and produce.
Gerrard has spent the majority of the last year out injured while Suarez is still serving his suspension for the racial incident involving Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
What the Reds could really use is a youthful infusion of creativity and just enough naivety to miss the full gravity of the situation as to how bad in need Liverpool currently are of a spark.
If you have ever watched the baseball classic For Love of the Game, you can recall the scene where young Ken Strout is sent to pinch hit in the ninth inning in to attempt to wreck the perfect game of Billy Chapel, played by Kevin Costner. That is exactly the kind of youthful influx that could be just influential enough to make a major difference.
With the topic of youthful influence on the mind, here is a list of 10 players under the age of 25 that more than likely could make a huge creative boost to the Reds offense.
While some are a little out there, it is still nice to dream.
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FC Basel midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has made a splash in the Swiss top flight and has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Galatasaray in Turkey.
The Switzerland international is growing into his own and an average of seven goals and just under 10 assists a season are great numbers for a midfielder to add to the offense.
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Mario Goetze has been hailed as the Germany version of Lionel Messi and the Reds could use their own Lionel Messi as their offense has been flat this season.
Despite creating a high number of shots per match, the quality of the shots has not been worthy of the numbers. A player of Goetze's mold could help open up more positive attempts on goal.
Angel Di Maria
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Real Madrid and young Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is an assists machine and has been so for the last two-and-a-half seasons.
His last year in Portugal with Benfica he produced 19 assists. The first season in La Liga with Real Madrid he managed 20 and already has 13 so far this season.
The most assists a player has on Liverpool's roster is Charlie Adam with four in the EPL.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Dries Mertens has been prolific since moving from FC Utrecht. In his 65 games at Utrecht he scored 16 goals. However, in 19 games so far for PSV he has 15 goals and four assists.
Mertens has been largely overshadowed by Eden Hazard as the most talented young Belgian star out there, but a move to a club like Liverpool could allow him to prove his worth as an attacking midfielder.
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With the Reds in need of a prolific young goal scorer to light up the league where else could your mind wander but to the most followed 19-year-old forward in the world, Santos starlet Neymar.
While Liverpool is certainly not at the level they would need to compete financially with the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, if the youngster wanted to go to a club and help build a dynasty, Liverpool would be the place for him to go.
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Seriously Liverpool, we spent 75 million on Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. All the while we could have spent a fraction of that on Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
Bale can do all that those three do combined, from the bad to the good and still be way better at it. I guess that is what the Reds get for buying English talent when they could have bought Welsh talent like Bale, Aaron Ramsey to go with Craig Bellamy.
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Earlier I called Angel Di Maria a creative assist machine, well that would not be good enough to label German international Mesut Ozil.
The Real Madrid attacking midfielder has been better and better each season and has progressively increase both his goals output and assist output each season for three years from five goals and 20 assists in 2008-09, nine goals and 21 assists in 2009-10 and 10 goals and 26 assists last season.
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There are few players at the age of 21 that have garnered as much attention as Lille and Belgian star Eden Hazard.
Hazard would be a great addition to the Reds lineup as the versatile wide player could provide the service and creativity on the wings that Stewart Downing is still failing to consistently provide.
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Although he would never leave Arsenal, Jack Wilshere could be one of the greatest moves to ever happen to Liverpool as the youngster has only yet scratched the surface of his talent.
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Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain would be a colossal signing for Liverpool at the front. He has all the fluid creativity as a forward but can score when he is called upon.
During his current six-season career with Madrid he has 194 starts with 94 goals and 30 assists. The two seasons in which he has made more than 40 starts he has averaged 26 goals a season and the Reds could certainly use that right now.
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Kenny Dalglish could use any of those mentioned before, but he still has some great young up-and-coming talent on his payroll.
Youngsters Adam Morgan, Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, Nathan Eccleston, Raheem Sterling, David Amoo and Dani Pacheco all represent young players with bright futures in Red and are certain to have an impact in the coming years.