Although Liverpool is coming off a memorable week of defeating both Manchester United and Manchester City, many fans will still view the Red’s season as some what of a disappointment in the making. Currently sitting in seventh spot in the English Premier League, 18 points behind league-leaders Manchester City and six points back of Chelsea for the coveted Champions League spot, Liverpool must bolster up their roster to have a shot at claiming a top-four finish by season’s end.
It would also be possible to salvage their season through earning hardware in the FA Cup and Carling Cup competitions, both of which they are now certainly among the favourites to win. However, what Kenny Dalglish desires most is for his squad to make a charge at a Champions League birth for next season. Six points back with 16 matches remaining is surely not an unattainable task, but making some key transfer window signings will give them the best chance.
Scousers and diehard Liverpool fans have witnessed an impressive defensive campaign this season, giving up the second-fewest goals in the English Premier League while boasting a back-four that is growing in confidence. The return of Steven Gerrard from a string of injuries has provided a much needed flair in the midfield.
Despite the stellar and emotional play of Luis Suarez since making Anfield his home, Liverpool’s inability to score goals has been their Achilles heel all season. Dalglish must sign another striker, or two, to compensate for a struggling Andy Carroll. They need an attacker who is able to pick up the scoring pace rather than try to set an all-time record for hitting posts and crossbars in a season.
Here are a handful of names that Kenny Dalglish should highly consider for the stretch run of the season:
The young Colombian striker would be a great addition to the Red's squad. He has already become accustomed to the fast-paced, physical style of the English game.
His ability to play on the wing will stretch the field, and also provide support for Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard if they choose to play more of an attacking role.
Cavani, a Uruguayan striker, will mesh well with fellow countryman Luis Suarez in an attacking role. Although he has recently signed a long-term contract with the Italian Club, rumours have been surfacing of his interest to bring his talents to England.
If they are able to launch a compelling bid, it may be difficult for Cavani to pass on the opportunity of playing for Liverpool. His signing would be welcomed by those in the Kop.
This striker from one of Scotland’s top teams will also add an element of toughness to Liverpool’s lineup. He is on the verge of cementing a place in Croatia’s national squad, so Liverpool could be a great place for him to keep his career rolling along as he makes a name for himself.
A string of successful showings for Liverpool will provide him with motivation as he tries to secure a spot on the Croatia Euro 2012 squad.
No formal introduction needed here. The Argentine striker was impressive for his country two years ago in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With the all-star cast of capable strikers co-existing in Madrid, rumour has it that Karim Benzima has moved ahead of Higuain in the starting role.
A natural finisher with experience at the highest level, Higuain may be just what Liverpool needs to get their goal output back on track.
Similar to Higuain, Lukas Podolski has plenty of experience playing high level European and International football. He may be ready to apply his trade in England after a memorable career in the Bundesliga.
His powerful style of play would complement the English game well, and he has proven his ability to finish with an impressive highlight reel of goals from his time at Bayern Munich and with the German national team.
This young Argentine defensive midfielder may provide the Reds with much needed flair and energy for the stretch run of the season, especially with looming deep runs in to both the FA Cup and Carling Cup.
He could be the next version of the long-departed Xavi Alonso, a superb positional player that Liverpool has not completely replaced yet. This will also allow Steven Gerrard to move forward more often in the attack.
Perhaps the most eye-popping rumour from this past week was the supposed "striker swap" of Andy Carroll for Carlos Tevez. Many of these rumours were immediately disregarded, but with the form Carroll has been displaying all season, you can be sure many fans would welcome a player like Tevez. Yes, he has been a nuisance for several clubs over the past few seasons, but perhaps a new system will humble Tevez.
Like many players with proven attitude issues, they have occasionally showed that, if content where they are playing, their skills and talent can once again shine. Tevez inking a deal with Liverpool is highly unlikely, but it adds fire to the transfer window drama nonetheless.