Liverpool FC: 5 Potential Signings That Would Fit Brendan Rodgers' Style of Play
On June 1, 2012, Liverpool hired Brendan Rodgers to be the club's 20th manager.
With Rodgers comes a new style of play, based on controlled passing and movement through intelligent midfielders.
Rodgers is sure to bring in a new complement of players to improve and fit his team heading into next season.
Here are five individuals that would be ideal fits for the club's new style of play.
5. Younes Belhanda
In 2011-12, Liverpool suffered because of an alarming lack of creative midfielders.
If he wants to usher in a new era of football at Anfield next season, Brendan Rodgers needs to look to the transfer market.
Younes Belhanda is an intelligent attacking midfielder who has the vision and skill to be a dominant force in the Premier League. While he doesn't necessarily excel in any one area of the game, Belhanda is a player with sound technique and is a hard worker, both of which are qualities that could make him the effective playmaker Liverpool so badly require.
Belhanda had been immersed in a winning environment at Montpellier. Therefore, while the Moroccan international is only 22 years old, he would bring valuable experience to the new Liverpool lineup.
Younes Belhanda would add a new dimension to Rodgers' team, and would be a sensational addition.
4. Clint Dempsey
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Clint Dempsey has consistently been a top-class player for Fulham for a number of years now, and it's time for him to take a step forward in his career and in the footballing world.
A versatile and athletic attacking midfielder, Dempsey is a dynamic passer who is a threat the closer to goal he gets. Hard working and dedicated to his team's cause, Dempsey has never had the chance to play in a passing system, but he would be willing to learn. With his ability to pass and move, he should be a natural fit in Rodgers' system.
Dempsey loves to play in behind the striker and provides the crucial link between the midfield and attack that the Reds lacked last season.
Considering the variety of roles the 29-year-old American can play, and the style he can bring to the team, Clint Dempsey could be a perfect fit at Liverpool next season.
3. Cristian Tello
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There is no substitute for experience. While he is only 20, Cristian Tello has been learning in the infamous Barcelona tiki-taka system since he was 11.
Tello has made his name at the Nou Camp on speed and technical skills. With his ability to make penetrating passes and crosses and take on players one-on-one, he could handle a role in the Liverpool midfield. However, with his strength and ruthlessness in front of goal, he could also play up front.
The 20-year-old Spaniard scored seven times for Barcelona this season, fitting seamlessly into their style of play.
Tello might not fit well into a traditional 4-4-2 formation, or the system the Reds played under Kenny Dalglish, but he might just be the perfect fit for the hybrid 4-2-3-1 formation that Brendan Rodgers operated for much of the season at Swansea in 2011-12.
2. Gaston Ramirez
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The key to a successful tiki-taka system is attacking midfielders who are versatile, agile, quick and smart.
Gaston Ramirez is just that.
The Uruguayan 21-year-old is a tricky central player who plays a complete game. A dynamic passer with good distribution abilities, Ramirez can flat out make plays. That said, he is far from one-dimensional, with his speed and shooting ability also making him a lethal scoring threat.
Ramirez is the kind of player who can dictate the pace of a game. Playing at Bologna in Serie A last season, the international teammate of Seb Coates and Luis Suarez was relied upon to take charge, game-in, game-out, and the team largely built their playing style around him.
Brendan Rodgers could use him in the same role in 2012-13.
1. Gylfi Sigurdsson
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Everything about 22-year-old Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson screams a pass-and-move style of play.
A clever attacking player, he could have been hand-made for the new Liverpool style.
Sigurdsson is a great passer of the ball with good vision, but also has the long-range shooting ability and set-piece expertise to be a threat by himself. He moves well in the middle of the field, and has the kind of box-to-box capabilities that would make him a staple in the new Reds side.
Furthermore, having already played in Rodgers' system, Sigurdsson would bring valuable experience with him to Anfield.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's transfer to the club may or may not be complete, but whatever the case, his acquisition would be a perfect fit to the style of play that Brendan Rodgers will be introducing at Liverpool in 2012-13.