Liverpool Transfer Prospects: 5 Huge Deals Brendan Rodgers Would Love to Make
Brendan Rodgers has money to spend this January; exactly how much is certainly still up for debate, but it seems that Liverpool will definitely be entering the transfer market to reinforce the team.
The Reds have already been linked with a whole host of players, especially those who generally operate in the attacking third of the pitch.
Rodgers might still want to bring as many as 10 players into the squad before it is filled with enough names to call the team his own—but a couple of additions might be the extent of what he can add in January.
Here are five names who might figure highly on his list of wanted players, should he be able to target them.
It will be no surprise to see a number of attacking options in the list, and the first name is an out-and-out striker.
Leandro Damiao was linked with the Reds briefly on transfer deadline day in the summer and he, along with the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, fit that particular profile.
Luis Suarez has admirably filled the required goalscoring exploits for Liverpool this season, but he has had precious little help from the supporting cast.
For some fans, and maybe for Rodgers, a true goalscorer may be the biggest missing component of the team right now. Suarez has a huge part to play in any attacking ambitions the Reds have in every game, but he needs someone up with him to get goals.
Having mentioned that Rodgers might want an out-and-out goalscorer to compliment and play ahead of Suarez, it's also more than worth acknowledging that there is another option open to the manager.
In fact, this could perhaps be the more likely course of action that Liverpool will look to take in January.
Suarez has excelled this term playing the false nine role up front, and what the Reds need to do better is get players in support of him from wide areas, moving into the spaces he leaves when dropping deep.
Liverpool are almost certain to target a wide forward who is also comfortable playing centrally, with Theo Walcott one of the most often-linked attackers who fits this profile.
Daniel Sturridge and Dries Mertens are two similarly skilled players who would offer goals to Liverpool through their willingness to attack through the middle.
Which are available and which elect to join Brendan Rodgers' team could go some way to shaping how successful—or otherwise—the Reds are this season.
Liverpool have at times lacked great creativity in the final third to go with their neat approach play and possession-heavy emphasis of attack.
Steven Gerrard has flitted in and out of form, Nuri Sahin the same and Joe Allen has been used in a more withdrawn role because of Lucas' injury.
A big money signing with plenty of vision and technique would be high on most managers' agendas if it were possible, but Liverpool play a system and a method which would benefit Christian Eriksen.
Persuading him that Anfield should be his destination when he leaves Ajax might take a bit of work, but it would be a quality addition to the squad—who has been linked with the club in the past month—and would provide Liverpool with good quality goalscoring chances.
Is the creation of better opportunities to shoot on goal perhaps more important to the Reds than having somebody constantly waiting on hand to try and finish off the more difficult, less-distinct chances they are currently creating?
Any Top Drawer Left-Back
Brendan Rodgers has one great, big, glaring weakness in his squad which has nothing to do with the front three: the lack of a truly top-class left-back.
Jose Enrique's form has been dire since the turn of the year, and the Spaniard shows no likelihood of improving on his recent level of play; indeed, until the past couple of league games, because of Glen Johnson's injury he had lost his place entirely in Rodgers' starting XI.
Fabio Coentrao might not be the best defender out there, but he is an example of what kind of talent Liverpool might need to look at.
A proven, athletic, attack-minded full-back who is either playing for a side who are not in the Champions League, or else one who is in the squad of a Champions League team, but not in favour.
Liverpool could need to spend big money on the right player to fill this void, but it's an area they need to finally get right.
While Christian Eriksen might provide the cutting edge and creativity centrally, Rodgers also has the option of looking for someone to provide a similar level of brilliance from one of the flanks—much like youngster Suso is being asked to offer now.
Suso has talent, no doubt, but he—like Sterling or Wisdom—cannot be relied upon nor expected to produce the goods on a game-by-game basis.
A top drawer attacking player from the flanks, who can run at defenders, look to make up the numbers in the box and who would be comfortable interchanging positions, perhaps with one or two midfielders during the game, would offer a new level of creativity to the Reds' attack.
Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow would be a truly inspiration signing from a technical perspective, though the transfer fee and attracting the player might prove difficult at present.
For a slightly more direct and pacey approach, with the probability of more goals, Iker Muniain of Athletic Bilbao would be a similarly great signing.
Or, just perhaps, the return of Lucas Leiva means that Liverpool don't need to buy anyone for this role—just move club captain Steven Gerrard forward into the right-sided attacker's role.