Once one of the biggest clubs in world football, Liverpool has truly fallen off in recent years. They have missed out on the Champions League, which was once a competition in which they thrived, and now they sit just five points above relegation in the English Premier League and an astounding 13 points off the pace of leaders Chelsea. And we are only eight games in!
There is a lot of work to be done at the club and in this past offseason they feel they've found the man to do it in Brendan Rodgers. Of course, that is all dependent on giving him enough time to go through the rough patches like this in order to implement his system that worked so well for ex-club Swansea City. We have seen glimpses this season of what they can do, at times looking sharp against rivals Manchester United, but it still needs time and some new big names.
Here is some of the latest news in transfers from around the club:
Out, Martin Skrtel - The mega-rich Russian outfit Anzi Makhachkala has been linked by the Daily Mail with a move for Martin Skrtel for a few months now, and Anzi's Roberto Carlos is openly stepping up his pursuit of certain players, such as Wayne Rooney (h/t Metro). Skrtel could very well be lured by the riches of Russia despite his Liverpool side just beating Anzi by a goal to nil.
In, Benedikt Howedes - A good showing in Euro 2012 with Germany, the Schalke 04 defenseman is growing in stock. And Liverpool talkSPORT reports are one of the clubs noted to have taken interest. Strong in the air but strikingly quicker than his 6"2' frame would suggest, he would do wonders to sure up the defense.
In, Ryan Shawcross - Another aerially-strong center back linked with the club in the past is Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross (via the Daily Mail). He would be a pretty even swap for if Skrtel does leave and offers a very mature feel despite being so young. He would also do well to solidify Liverpool in the back.
Out, Stewart Downing - Despite scoring the winner against Anzi and having an improved season under Rodgers, he may be on his way out. The Guardian has it that he will be sold in order to create the space and raise the budget on which Rodgers can spend in order to capture what he feels he needs to complete his system.
Out, Andy Carroll - A record signing, Carroll was almost set up for failure under the pressure of the Kop. And apparently he was not worth the second change, at least not immediately, for Brendan Rodgers who loaned him out to West Ham.
While the loan deal has the option for Liverpool to call him back in January, if he does not recover from his injury well enough and establish some form, do not expect to see him in a Liverpool kit again.
In, Daniel Sturridge - The Chelsea striker would be a great fit at Liverpool, plain and simple. His blistering pace would do well on the open pasture that is Anfield and beside an equally diminutive and quick striker partner in Suarez, it would be hell for the opposing defense to keep up with. While they would lack the height, Rodgers is looking to implement a Barcelona-like style of play to Liverpool, which requires pace and touch more than aerial ability.
Sturridge would be a great capture for Liverpool, and almost came during the last transfer window according to the Daily Mail.
The years seem more like decades since Liverpool were legitimately regarded a top side in Europe, but with Rodgers and a few key transfers they will be keen to seize back those glory days.
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