Despite something of a Reds resurgence in recent weeks, Liverpool are continually being linked with a number of potential signings in the upcoming January transfer window.
Reports suggest Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen a number of areas of the squad, from the defence right through to his rather depleted forward line.
This article takes a look at five of the latest names to be linked with a January move to Anfield, assessing the likelihood of these transfers and whether or not they will be beneficial to Liverpool FC.
Lacina Traore hit an impressive winner in the away leg in Russia, prompting alleged interest from the Reds as well as Italian side Udinese.
Traore’s physical presence would certainly appear to be suited to the English game, and at 22 years of age, his acquisition could be a sensible investment from a more long-term perspective.
However, he has only been at Anzhi for five months, so a move away from the club would appear somewhat premature, particularly as his contract runs for another three-and-a-half years.
Maybe next summer this one could come to fruition, but as far as a January move goes, it would seem a little too soon for the big Ivorian to make the move to Anfield.
In just over two years at Wigan, the Omani stopper has steadily developed into a solid player for Roberto Martinez's side and is reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal as well.
With Pepe Reina suffering from injuries as well as a slight loss of form, Liverpool’s options in goal are not as strong as they once were. But nonetheless, the Spaniard remains a quality No. 1 and so if Al-Habsi were to sign, I find it hard to see him being able to keep Reina out of the side.
If the Reds were to sign a replacement goalkeeper, it would need to be one of the top names in the game to mark any improvement on their current options.
Unfortunately, Al-Habsi is perhaps not yet at such a standard.
The 17-year-old has impressed in his performances this season, while his club are also said to be under pressure to cash-in due to financial troubles.
With demand so high for Hughes’ signature, it would appear difficult for Liverpool to secure a deal ahead of competition from some of England’s top sides.
But he would arguably feature more often for the Reds than if he were to sign for Man City, for example, so in this sense Anfield could well be an attractive prospect to the youngster.
If Rodgers were to acquire Hughes’ services, though, expect his initial impact to be fairly minimal, as this transfer would certainly seem to be one for the future.
Metro report Liverpool’s interest in a January swoop for Italian marksman Giuseppe Rossi, though the Villarreal forward is currently sidelined until March with a knee ligament injury.
As a result, the deal would supposedly be much cheaper than many other options, but to sign a player available for just two months of the campaign would appear wholly illogical.
At just 25 years of age, he could contribute in later seasons if his move were to materialize, but after two serious knee injuries already in his career, Rossi’s signing would represent a huge gamble.
With Inter Milan allegedly in the running for the Italian’s signature as well, I feel it would be wise for Liverpool to let the Nerazzurri have their man as there are far better options available for the Reds.
According to the Daily Star, Cristian Tello’s contract talks at the Nou Camp have broken down, putting the Reds on alert as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Tello broke into the Barcelona first XI last term with seven goals in 22 games in all competitions, and has continued to feature in the current campaign.
The Spanish winger’s reluctance to extend his deal is said to be due to the release clause in his contract. Tello is wary of being “priced out of a move” should he fall out of favor with Tito Villanova at a later date; a perfectly rational outlook for the 21-year-old.
If such issues between the player and his club remain, Liverpool should definitely make an offer for the starlet.
With age on his side and an obvious abundance of talent, Tello would be a great addition to the Liverpool squad and arguably one of the best moves that the Reds could make.
But what do you think of these potential transfers?
Comment below with your thoughts on the possible arrivals, as well as which signings the club should pursue and which they should cool their interest in.