Liverpool Transfers: 5 Midfielders Linked to the Reds

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 14, 2012

Liverpool Transfers: 5 Midfielders Linked to the Reds

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    Liverpool's average start to the season continues. In turn, so do the clamours for reinforcements this January.

    Here are five midfielders who have been linked to the Reds over the past month or so. How well do you think each of these players could slot into Brendan Rodgers' passing template?

    Do you perhaps think the midfield position should be the very least of his concerns?

Dennis Praet

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    According to The Mirror, Brendan Rodgers—like everyone else—wants to infuse his Liverpool side with trending Belgian talent.

    Dennis Praet, a young central midfielder plying his trade with Anderlecht, is supposedly available for £4 million.

    He's gaining valuable experience in the UEFA Champions League for one so young in the same way that Lucas Digne is with Lille.

Theo Walcott

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    Theo Walcott's contractual situation at Arsenal isn't getting any better for Arsene Wenger, but other teams continue to lick their lips at the prospect of signing him on the cheap (via The Daily Mail).

    One of the conditions of Walcott's possible move would be to play as a striker. However, based on what we've seen over the last two years, you'd have to be desperate to play him through the middle as a first choice.

    Walcott is familiar with a 4-3-3 system, but could he thrive in the possession-orientated game at Anfield? He already appears to be the weak link in Wenger's philosophy.

Christian Eriksen

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    According to the International Business Times, Liverpool's interest in Christian Eriksen has cooled for now.

    He's been linked to the club on a number of occasions over the past few months, and the Dane himself has admitted he's aware the Reds are circling (via tipsbladet.dk).

    With Frank de Boer opting to play him as a false-nine on occasionwhich is approaching what Brendan Rodgers seems to be looking for in Luis Suarezthere is added intrigue in seeing Eriksen in a Liverpool shirt.

Josip Ilicic

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    Calcio Mercato believe Liverpool have been hovering around Sicily to watch Josip Ilicic in action.

    The 24-year-old Slovenian joined Palermo in 2010 and was widely seen as the replacement for the Paris Saint-Germain-bound Javier Pastore.

    He thrives "in the hole" behind the striker, but can also take up a wide left position. He hasn't really hit the heights expected of him by the Rosanero fans.

Benat

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    It seems everyone is looking at Benat after making a handful of appearances for the Spanish national side just before Euro 2012.

    The Real Betis midfielder is an all-action competitor who can shoot, pass, dribble and tackle. Los Beticos will be justifiably worried about losing their most talented player.

    He's just another one of those talented Spaniards who can't break the Barcelona stronghold in the middle of Vicente del Bosque's team.