Liverpool Transfers: 7 Internationals Who Could Improve the Cause at Anfield
With a stoppage-time goal from high-price-low-return striker Andy Carroll, in a 3-2 win against Blackburn, Liverpool secured their first win in their last five league matches, representing a temporary distraction from a season that has Reds supporters collectively hypothesizing as to which players would be most welcome to patrol the pitch at Anfield next season.
Despite their Carling Cup win, as well as a pending FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley Stadium against Everton, the Reds' middle-of-the-table malaise has invigorated the speculation surrounding the team's spending intentions following the current campaign.
While the volume of speculative transfer scenarios is in antithesis to the aforementioned Carroll's meager goal total on the season, here are several players who could positively impact the cause in the near future.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
The 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon striker was previously linked to Liverpool prior to the move to his current team from FC Utrecht last summer. He has showed fantastic form during his time in Portugal, having booted 18 goals across all competitions, and 14 goals in 20 league matches, helping Lisbon to the semi-finals of Europa League competition.
Although Manchester United are also in the fold for possible Premier League destinations for the Dutch sensation, if Liverpool is able to secure his services, he could potentially provide much needed scoring depth up front.
Tello has put up impressive numbers despite limited playing time while competing for minutes in Pep Guardiola's system, seeing more recent action with Barcelona's first team.
Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli is not without successful precedent for being able to persuade a player towards the EPL from Camp Nou, having brought Giovani dos Santos to Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane.
However, given his recent favor in Guardiola's eyes, Tello could be hard to come by for the Reds. But he would nevertheless represent the kind of goal-scoring upside mixed with youthful potential attractive both to the club and its supporters.
Luuk de Jong
The Dutch phenom was previously linked to the Reds in the January transfer window, and he has netted 20 goals in the same number of games for FC Twente of the Eiredivisie.
With his youth and vastly growing goal-scoring potency, in a pairing with the likes of Luis Suarez, the 6-foot-2 21-year-old Dutchman, would instantly offer much needed diversity up front. Also, once acclimated, he would serve to alleviate the pressure from Suarez, in turn allowing for more freedom to create from the front for number 7.
Although de Jong's agent has confirmed Liverpool's interest to make a play for the youthful Dutchman, he also intimated that the team is among several Premier and German clubs who have shown an interest. Again, making it imperative that the team be able to covey its viability in the recruitment process above all else.
After rumors linking the Reds to the 22-year-old Brazilian during the transfer window this past January, with Tottenham providing steady competition in the wages war to secure the striker, a renewed approach to the player currently clocking time with Internacional would be well advised.
Damiao’s scoring across all competitions has been torrid thus far in his young career, and he has indicated the significance of proving his worth in Europe, “It will be very important for me to learn and improve. For my style and strength, I think I could adapt to any major league in Europe. But it seems to me that strikers are most appreciated in Italy and England”.
Although their is inclusive pressure from Manchester United’s interest to secure the striker, if Damien Comolli were somehow able to snatch Damiao from the jaws of his additional suitors, it would represent an extremely significant coup from a personnel upgrade perspective.
Despite traction that Liverpool was interested in potentially securing the 21-year-old this past January, based on recent hyperbole from Ramirez' agent, Pablo Betancourt, it seems a move to the Premier League is imminent. This was echoed by Bolgna president Albano Guaraldi, who confirmed that he was willing to accept the midfielder's departure this summer, at a significant fee.
While Betancourt would not reveal information as to those clubs in the running or even potentially already at the bargaining table, a favorable chip for the Reds could be fellow Uruguayan national team players currently at Anfield, most notably Luis Suarez.
A non-striker addition to the list, the 22-year-old defender from Atlético Madrid, has been legitimately linked to Liverpool recently. And given the aforementioned Atlético's debt issues of recent months, confirmed by Director General Miguel Angel Gil, Dominguez looks sure to be offloaded.
Dominguez has been considered as a potential replacement for Carlos Puyol on the Spanish national team and is in his fourth season of action on Atlético's first team. He already has familiarity with the country having been educated at a British school, making him even more primed to a transition to Anfield. Additionally, he meets Liverpool's compliance-related requirement of being in the youthful years of his career.
As with all those on the list, Suarez’ services are highly sought by several Premier clubs, including LFC, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Brom. However, according to recent reports, Comolli has added the £20 million RSC Anderlecht striker to the top of his most coveted list.
The Argentinian has amassed a substantial stat sheet thus far at the prime age of 23, and again as is the trend, would add dynamic and versatility at the front to supplant the significant goal-scoring and playmaking needs of the team, which must be addressed prior to next season.
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