Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 6 Biggest Names the Fans Would Love to See Signed
Fans on Merseyside can look at the club's relative inactivity in one of two ways.
For the pessimists, there are major causes for concern. Liverpool has missed out on multiple targets. Most notably, the club recently lost out to Tottenham for the signature of Hoffenheim's Gylfi Sigurdsson. After an eighth place finish, Anfield apparently no longer holds the appeal necessary to bring in top talent.
For the optimists, this is merely the calm before the storm. Brendan Rodgers made the right decision in passing on an overvalued Sigurdsson. The Northern Irishman has a history of being able to identify undervalued players. We should not lose patience with him just yet.
Six weeks into the job, perhaps the new manager has found his footing and is ready to make his additions to the squad.
In that spirit of positivity, here is a list of six players the fans have high on their wish list.
Prospects are selected based on both the likelihood they would join and their prospective adherence to Rodgers' system.
Moutinho is certainly one of the more speculative names included. Following his outstanding performance at Euro 2012 he is on the wish list of numerous major clubs.
The Portuguese midfielder was sensational under the new Tottenham manager at Porto. Further, Moutinho makes sense as a natural successor to Luka Modric should he move on.
That said, Moutinho fits the new Liverpool system perfectly. He would slot in ideally alongside Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva as the third piece of the midfield triangle. The composure on the ball and vision he exudes are sorely lacking on Merseyside.
It is surely a big IF, but a bid in the range of £20-25 million might turn a few heads.
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Liverpool has depth concerns both at full-back and in the defensive midfield.
Unless Jon Flanagan or Jack Robinson mature significantly, Martin Kelly is really the only suitable option on the outside of defense behind the starters. Also, I think one season was enough to prove that Jay Spearing is not an adequate stand-in for Lucas Leiva.
The big question marks here are three fold: Would he leave Leverkusen? At what position could he regularly start? Can Liverpool afford him given his recent rise to prominence?
Because there are so many concerns, there is a low probability he will be seen at Anfield anytime soon. However, this article is meant to be speculative.
Finally, if he says no, Rodgers and the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) could always turn to twin brother Sven as an alternative.
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BBC Sport claims that this deal could be official by the end of the week. Apparently, the potential fee is rumored to be in the range of "£8m, rising to £11m."
Borini scored six times on a loan spell at Swansea and nine more for Roma this campaign. He has already featured on some of the world's biggest stages and has an axe to grind after a brief stint at Chelsea.
Further, he is much more of a pass-and-move type striker than Andy Carroll. Even if he does not start right away, he gives Rodgers a completely different look coming off of the bench.
At 21, he has loads of potential. Finally, his price tag represents a relatively minimal risk.
In short, he is an outstanding prospective signing for Liverpool. The Kop should be very excited about this one.
Luuk De Jong
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As early as April, the Mail began reporting that Dutch international Luuk De Jong was on his way to Anfield.
Perhaps the changing of the guard in the managerial ranks spelled the end of inquiries here. For now, it appears that Rodgers prefers the aforementioned Borini.
Whatever the reason, Liverpool appears set to lose out. But until it is official that will not stop the Kop from salivating.
De Jong offers the same size and youth of Andy Carroll. However, he also demonstrates better passing ability and is a a more prolific scorer. In three seasons at FC Twente, he has notched 39 goals.
Whoever lands his signature will have an exciting talent on their hands.
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Germany has an incredible generation of offensive talent rising through the ranks.
To name but a few, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller ad Patrick Herrmann have extremely bright futures ahead of them.
Yet not to be overlooked is Leverkusen's André Schürrle. The winger looked impressive when starting against Greece at Euro 2012.
At 21, he is still incredibly raw and is not as well rounded as some of his compatriots. That said, his potential is startling. He is reminiscent of a young Arjen Robben with his darting runs in from the left flank.
This deal is unlikely due to the price tag. Chelsea reportedly saw a £16 million offer declined. That kind of figure makes things difficult for FSG.
Rodgers has a proclivity for being frugal in his purchases. Thus, this is highly speculative. Yet, the fans can dream.
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Along with the signing of Borini, this is the most likely deal to go through.
Some of the more local fans have been quick to cite Dempsey's age as a concern. Yet, for the more international fan base in the United States this is a dream deal.
According to Yahoo! Sports via Goal.com, a deal is imminent.
Given his relatively late rise to prominence Dempsey is not likely to break the bank. Further, his technical ability and nose for goal make his him an ideal starter alongside Luis Suarez behind the lone striker.
The Texan is coming off of a career year in which he scored 23 goals for Fulham. That sort of productivity in the final third is desperately needed on Merseyside.
The move has the potential to make him the biggest club success in the history of American football. Hopefully regular minutes are enough to entice Dempsey to overlook the lack of Champions League play.