Liverpool Transfer News: 5 January Options That Fans Would Go Wild For
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More points dropped by Liverpool over the weekend has led to a storm of criticism and a flood of angst from the loyal supporters at Anfield. At the same time, Liverpool transfer news has started to heat up as well.
Forward Luis Suarez once again rescued the Reds with his 67th minute equalizer on Sunday. However, it was a solo effort in what was a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.
The "lone hero" role has started to become somewhat of a trend for Suarez this season.
In nine league games this season, Liverpool have only managed to find the back of the net 10 times. Six of those goals can be credited to Suarez.
After the Uruguayan international, four other players are tied with one goal. Suarez also leads the team in assists with two.
One player, no matter how good he may be be, is incapable of leading a team to glory by himself. A supporting cast is vital.
At 2-5-3 and 12th in the league table, the Reds have found that out the hard way.
With the January window less than two months away, more and more names are starting to pop up in the rumor mill. Names that just might be able to help Liverpool claw its way back towards respectability.
Here are five of those options.
Walcott could combine with Saurez to give the Reds the goal scoring threat they seek
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The contract dispute between Arsenal and Theo Walcott has been ongoing for months now. Most recently, the 23-year-old turned down a five-year contract reportedly worth around 75,000 pounds a week.
Walcott has grown frustrated due to his desire to play a more central attacking role in the offense instead of his current winger role.
That only serves as good news for Liverpool, who have been recently linked to a January move for the forward.
With an injury to Fabio Borini and Andy Carrol away on loan to West Ham United, Saurez serves as the Reds only fit senior striker.
With Walcott seeking a more attacking role and Liverpool desperate for attacking depth, it looks to be a match made in heaven.
Although his contract dispute has led Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to regularly leave Walcott out of the starting lineup—he has only started three games this season—the English international currently leads the Gunners with seven goals.
Walcott can score, and the Reds—averaging 1.11 goals per game—are in dire need of scorers.
A deal would likely cost the team around 8 million pounds.
Sturridge's playing days in London seem to be over
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Since then, rumors of a possible January deal between the two sides have begun to run rampant.
With Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, Fernando Torres and Oscar all competing for opportunities up front, Sturridge has seen himself become the odd man out. The 23-year-old has only started one game for the Blues this season.
His goalscoring ability is still apparent—he netted an excellent score in Chelsea’s 5-4 Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United last week—making Sturridge a solid possible backup for Suarez.
Claims of selfishness have followed the young player, leading some to believe it’s the key reason for his lack of playing time.
Although the youngster seems to still have some growing up to do, he could prove to be a low-cost addition that could have tremendous upside.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Huntelaar could help guide the Reds back into Champions League contention
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All the names rumored to join Liverpool during the January window share one thing in common: youth.
However, that isn’t the case with 29-year-old Liverpool transfer target Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Huntelaar made a name for himself by scoring 44 goals for the Bundesliga side last season. He currently has netted seven in 14 games this season.
Although the Dutchman may be on the wrong side of 20, he is playing at the peak of his career. More importantly, he would provide experience to a side that is much in need of direction right now.
Huntelaar would provide an immediate impact at Anfield and should be a target the Reds seriously pursue.
Pohjanpalo is a goal scoring force already at the age of 18
Earlier this year, Liverpool gave 18-year-old striker Joel Pohjanpalo a one-week trial with the club.
The Reds liked what they saw from the youngster and immediately offered him a three-year contract with the youth team. However, the Finnish international turned down the offer, stating he believed his talent would grow faster playing first-team football.
Pohjanpalo first made headlines by netting 33 goals in 23 games with Finnish side Helsinki’s reserve team. He currently has a total of 19 goals for their senior side.
Since then, Liverpool have decided to up the ante on their initial offer, reportedly being set to send £1 million to Helsinki in return for the youngster’s services.
He may not feature in the first team at Anfield immediately, but he would provide amazing upside and could leave the club set at the striker position for years to come.
Could Pato shock the football world with a transfer move to Liverpool?
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AC Milan has been an utter disappointment this season.
With the departure of Ibrahimovic and Silva during this past offseason, the club has struggled to find its way. At 4-2-5, Milan is currently 10th in the Serie A table.
This drop in place has led the club to clean house and start anew.
One name thought to be on the out is Alexandre Pato.
In the past, the 23-year-old has stated he would favor a move to England and that he has many friends who currently play in the league. He lists it as his next stop in his playing career.
That all adds up to making him a target Liverpool should really look into during the January window.
However, while he is one of the top strikers in the world, injuries have nagged him throughout his career. In fact, he is currently suffering from an injury that is supposed to keep him out of play for another month.
His price tag of £25 million might be a bit on the high side; however, bringing in a player of Pato’s status would only boost the Reds’ notoriety.
That, and the Brazilian can certainly play.