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Due to Kim Källström and Anders Svensson, Rasmus Elm hasn't been a regular starter for the Swedish national team. Svensson has had a modest career, whilst Källström isn't an elite midfielder.
What would Elm bring to Liverpool? Set pieces. Who takes the set pieces for the Reds? Steven Gerrard.
When Gerrard doesn't play, management need to ban Charlie Adam from taking set pieces. Sir Alex Ferguson was a prisoner of the moment when he said Adam's corners were worth £10 million.
Elm is a "big fish in a small pond" type of player. In order for him to excel at a big club, he needs the team to be built around him.
Will that happen at Liverpool? No. If they aren't willing to build the team around Luis Suárez, why would they built it around Elm?
That's why I said it was an unusual transfer target for Liverpool because they don't need a central midfielder.
They need incisive wingers who can consistently dribble past full-backs and send in accurate crosses.
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Statistics courtesy of Football-Lineups.com and transfermarkt.co.uk.