Liverpool Transfer Speculation: 8 Discussed Signings to Reinvigorate the Reds
From new back-room staffers, managers and players, Liverpool are in the midst of a major rebuilding phase this summer.
Fenway Sports Group have decided it is time to be out with the old and in with the new as a large amount of the backroom staff as well as Kenny Dalglish were all relieved of their jobs in the last few weeks.
Principle owners John W. Henry and Tom Werner are expected to name their newest manager in the next few weeks, while also starting the process of making wholesale personnel changes in the squad.
To say the least, it is sure to be an interesting summer, and here are some of the hot deals and topics that could just set the Reds back on track.
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Before you crucify me in the comments, at least hear me out.
Liverpool have a ton of work to do, and that is clear to anyone. Andre Villas-Boas needs a project; he is not going to come in and win the Champions League or the EPL in a one-off, nor would anyone else for that matter that comes to Anfield.
AVB has talent and that is obvious, but his problem at Chelsea was man management. However, that is where having Louis Van Gaal behind him makes the difference, as a mentor and for guidance to the young manager.
If anything, AVB learned a lot of hard lessons at Chelsea, and he also worked for one of the most trigger-happy owners in the business, making him that much stronger for lasting as long as he did.
Looking at the lineups that Roberto Di Matteo used in the UCL, they were practically the same ones that AVB was running out and getting results with, and even Didier Drogba said he, "didnt believe AVB when he told them that they could win the Champions League," as quoted in an interview with The Sun.
It would also not be the first time Fenway Sports Group banked their future on youth. They signed Theo Epstein as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox at the age of 28 in 2002.
Only two years later, Epstein had put together the 2004 World Series team by the age of 30 and did it again in 2007 at the age of 33. Epstein had an older veteran manager in Terry Francona to lead the club, but if AVB had Van Gaal behind him, I cannot see why a gamble on a youth-plus-experience duo isn't worth a shot.
If there is a group of owners that know how to bring a franchise back from the depths of frustration, it is FSG—they just need some time to get the formula right. Andre Villas-Boas may seem like a shot in the dark, but he could be the X-factor in FSG's formula.
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One of the best and most creative players on the Liverpool books is Alberto Aquilani. Could the club have used his creativity this season in the place of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson? I think so.
However, Aquilani was once again given the cold shoulder and took his £20 million self back to Italy.
The Reds are going to need creativity in their midfield once again if they want to climb back up the table and Aquilani comes at zero cost.
It is nonsense not to keep him through January to at least see if he can fit back into the team and make a difference.
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Clint Dempsey has had a season for the ages with Fulham and has broken the mold for the English perception of an American in the English Premier League.
If Liverpool's owners want to make a statement signing that will also help to build the United States fanbase for the club, why not chase after Dempsey?
The Daily Mail is just one of many sources that have linked Dempsey to Liverpool in the past months and his summer move is a highly debated topic amongst transfer speculation.
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Fulham used to be called "Fulham America," for all the players from the United States that had signed with the club.
Liverpool are working on a nickname of their own with the amount of Uruguayan talent they are attempting to snap up.
If Ramirez joins the Reds, he might just help them start to be known as "Liverguay"—or not, but it was worth a shot.
Louis Van Gaal
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However, Liverpool are wanting to bring the former Netherlands manager in as the Sporting Director and possibly sign Andre Villas-Boas as the club manager.
No matter how it plays out, Van Gaal is likely to push for a role where he is active with the players on a daily basis.
In an interview quoted by The Sun, it is clear that he is ready to be involved in football once more.
"My fingers are itching. I’m full of fire and want to work with players," said Van Gaal. "I get dozens of offers but I’m waiting for the best one."
In truth, the Reds would be foolish not to consider bringing him in to take the reins. During his entire club management career, he has never not won a trophy with a side he has managed. From 1990-99 there was not a season he failed to obtain a piece of silverware.
That is the kind of mentality from both a manager or a sporting director that helps to bring a club together and win games and trophies, which is why FSG may be hoping to bring him in with a more solid position at sporting director.
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Several weeks ago, NESN called Rasmus Elm a young Steven Gerrard.
For a fee of around only £8 million, Elm represents huge talent for a very fair price.
The AZ Alkmaar and Swedish international scored 13 goals in all competitions last season for his club, which is one goal fewer than all of Liverpool's designated midfielders combined.
If there is anything that could help put some fire back in the Reds squad, it would be regular goals from the middle of the park once again.
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Liverpool could be looking to bring another Suarez to the club in Argentine forward, Matias Suarez.
The 24-year-old RSC Anderlecht player had a phenomenal season in Belgium, scoring 20 goals and providing assists to 19 more in 45 appearances for his club.
There is a huge gap for a forward with that kind of finishing touch and passing vision to partner with Luis Suarez up front at Liverpool. A move for the South American could be of huge benefit to the Anfield club.
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Athletic Bilbao's right-sided winger Markel Susaeta has been a sensational talent in the Spanish league this season.
His 12 goals and 14 assists from 54 appearances mean that at least once out of every other game, he either is likely to score or create a goal for another player.
At the age of only 24 years old and with a valuation under £10 million, he could make a huge impact for a value price.
There are plenty more Liverpool rumors going around out there, but these seem like some of the best to actually have a real shot at making a difference.
Who are the signings that you would choose to bring to Liverpool?