Liverpool Transfers: 5 Players They'd Sign If Fans Ran the Team

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

Liverpool Transfers: 5 Players They'd Sign If Fans Ran the Team

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    Liverpool have been linked with myriad players already this summer, some of which supposed targets have divided opinion with the fanbase.

    There are some players however which would be a massive hit with the vast majority of supporters, ones who—like Robbie Fowler when he rejoined the club under Rafa Benitez—fans would choose to sign if they ran the transfer signings side of the club themselves.

    Given certain peoples' opinions of some players available—or otherwise—this summer, others might be profoundly glad that the decision rests solely with those inside the club.

    Then again, a look at much of Liverpool's transfer business over the past 24 months hardly inspires overwhelming confidence either.

    That said, here are the top five players that a majority of Liverpool fans would sign if they could.

Xabi Alonso

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    This one seems to be the easiest pick of them all. And which Red fan seriously wouldn't want to see that glinting, golden beard again above an adorned red shirt bearing the Liverbird?

    Xabi Alonso was the Reds' mercurial midfield magician, capable of defence-splitting passes, controlling the tempo of the game, attempting to score from outrageous distances—and what's more, he developed a real affinity for the club.

    Unfortunately he now does all that for arguably the biggest side in world football, Real Madrid.

    Kopites would love to see the two-time Champions League finalist back at Anfield—but it's just not on the cards.

    Not this season, anyway.

Gaston Ramirez

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    The buzzname of the past two weeks, Gaston Ramirez has been on the verge of signing for Liverpool about 10 different times—if you care to believe anything written in the mainstream media or on social networks.

    As early as the beginning of June, the Bologna attacking midfielder was being named as one of Brendan Rodgers' preferred targets and as such, a swell of supporters proclaimed him as the answer to the Reds' turgid and predictable final third play of last season.

    Fees of between £15-£20 million don't seem to have dissuaded supporters from seeing Ramirez as the bright new light of the latest Liverpool era.

    But the latest reports are that Liverpool were never even seriously considering the Uruguayan playmaker, who was a target whilst Damien Comolli, former Director of Football, was still at the club.

Iker Muniain

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    Sticking with exciting final third players, Iker Muniain has attracted huge interest over the past 12 months for his excellent performances with Athletic Bilbao in Spain.

    Muniain, playing largely as a left-sided forward though perfectly capable of playing more centrally and deeper, excelled as he helped Athletic to two cup finals; the Copa del Rey and the Europa League.

    Reds fans (and no doubt fans of just about every top side in Europe) would be delighted to see the talented Spaniard arrive, though he would command a hefty fee.

    This transfer is probably just the wrong side of the borderline of realism. With Liverpool certainly a lure for him but with other clubs watching who could offer immediate Champions League football, the Reds would be wiser to hold out for another year and hope that, 12 months from now, they can offer the same incentive.

Ibrahim Afellay

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    Ibrahim Afellay is a wanted man amongst Liverpool supporters.

    The Barcelona wide player has failed to settle into the tiki-taka world of the Camp Nou since his cut-price move from PSV, and is expected to move on this summer.

    A bid from Lille didn't take his fancy last month but it is thought that he will accept a move to the Premier League.

    At a potential price tag of around £7 million he wouldn't break the bank and might give Liverpool the penetration they've been looking for from wide areas.

    Maybe the most realistic of all transfers in terms of price and availability, but Afellay would still take some convincing to move to a club not in the Champions League in the past three seasons.

Theo Walcott

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    In an effort to be more representative of the Liverpool FC supporter fanbase, the question of who they would sign was opened up to social network Twitter—and one of the names to feature highly in several responses was one Theo Walcott.

    The Arsenal attacker has just a single season left on his contract and has yet to commit to a new one, much like Robin van Persie who recently decided to leave the club rather than renew.

    Walcott's pace would certain bring a new dimension to Liverpool's attack, whilst plenty commented that they see him as more effective to the attack playing through the centre rather than from the right wing.

    So, Bleacher fans, over to you—what do you make of the list and who would you rather have made your transfer priority if you were in charge of Liverpool's transfer business?!