Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 5 Players to Make Them Premier League Contenders
Despite a poor start to the 2012-13 season, Liverpool could become English Premier League contenders with a few good signings.
The Reds have started playing some really good football lately but have yet to transfer that into results. Manager Brendan Rodgers inherited a side that had one of the best defenses in 2011-12, but the team has allowed 12 goals in seven league games.
The problems continue on the offensive end as well, with only nine goals scored in those seven games. Liverpool will continue to create chances as they get more comfortable with Brendan Rodgers' system, but the squad could use a world-class finisher.
Despite Liverpool's problems at the back, there is enough experience, talent and depth in that area to fix any issues. Where Liverpool does need help is in the midfield and attack.
Here are five players who could help Liverpool become Premier League contenders.
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Liverpool has been linked to Belgian winger Dries Mertens recently (via Metro).
Mertens has been in great form this season, with five goals and one assist in nine games and would increase creativity and productivity for the club. Last season he had 25 goals and six assists in all competitions (statistics via ESPN Soccernet).
Raheem Sterling has been the brightest spot on the wing for Liverpool this season, but the club needs more experience if they want to challenge, even for Europe.
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If there is one man who could fix Liverpool's lack of bite up top, it's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Luis Suarez's recent hat-trick against Norwich is a promising sign for the Uruguayan's return to goal-scoring form, but Liverpool could still use an out-and-out finisher at the end of all those passing moves.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is no stranger to possession football and would have all the physical requirements, minus an abundance of pace, necessary to make quite an impact.
According to Metro, Huntelaar's current contract situation could mean interest will arrive from clubs, like Liverpool in January.
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If Liverpool wanted to stay within the Premier League where attacking options are concerned, they could turn to Newcastle's Demba Ba.
Ba has started off on fire with Newcastle this season and has six goals in seven Premier League games (statistics via ESPN Soccernet).
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If Liverpool wanted to strengthen their midfield with an experienced player, they don't have to look much further than Zenit St. Petersburg's Igor Denisov.
The Russian midfielder was sent to train with the Zenit youth squad after commenting on the high wages his new teammates, Hulk and Axel Witsel, received (via FCZenit.ru).
With Lucas Leiva still injured, Liverpool could use a more defensive-minded option for central midfield, and Denisov could be the man to fit that role.
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Let's be clear with this one. Victor Wanyama isn't world-class, but he would certainly be a good addition to the Liverpool squad.
Every title challenger needs depth in every position, and Wanyama would provide that for Liverpool. He could certainly challenge to be a starter, but that wouldn't happen right off the bat.