January Transfer Rumours: 5 Christmas Wishes for Liverpool

Pradeep KumarFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

January Transfer Rumours: 5 Christmas Wishes for Liverpool

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    Christmas is round the corner.

    Festive spirit is in the air, and people are busy choosing gifts for their near and dear ones.

    Children, meanwhile, hope Santa drops in via the chimney with a bagful of gifts.

    Brendan Rodgers, during the upcoming January transfer window, will be one among the many kids around the world hoping for that festive wish to come true.

    Only his wish is going to need a lot of investment, which means that Santa (in this case, two men—John W. Henry and Thomas Werner) is going to be judging him on the basis of good versus bad deeds.

    Rodgers’ standout good deed has been to reinstate the Liverpool way of playing football into the team.

    However, his standout bad deed—or rather, embarrassing deed—was agreeing to be a part of Being Liverpool.

    That self-portrait has sure come back to haunt him now! Wait, or was it the three envelopes?

    So, will that prevent the two Santas at Fenway Sports Group from granting Rodgers at least one of the following Christmas wishes?

    Let’s wait and watch. But roll out the slides for now…

Daniel Sturridge

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    Out of favour at Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge figures as the name most likely to make the switch to Merseyside.

    Liverpool’s rumoured attempts at trying to take Sturridge on loan during the summer transfer window fell apart because neither player nor the club favoured such a move.

    The former Manchester City academy product, who finds himself behind Fernando Torres in the pecking order and highly unlikely to be selected by manager Rafael Benitez in the near future, has grown disillusioned with his life at the Bridge and will definitely look to resurrect his sagging career.

    But of what use is he to Brendan Rodgers?

    Well, for starters, Liverpool have one senior striker in their squad (i.e. Luis Suarez), while Fabio Borini is at least a month away from full fitness.

    Liverpool scampered to a victory at West Ham United last Sunday and were very unconvincing up front, Suarez’s absence showing despite the best efforts of Jonjo Shelvey.

    Here is where Sturridge comes in. Providing competition to Borini and releasing Suarez to perform his roaming forward duties without having to carry the burden of scoring all on his own.

    But, is this man the ideal choice? We’ll soon see that answered.

Tom Ince

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    Thomas Ince, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder/winger from Blackpool, is also rumoured to be figuring high on Rodgers’ wish list.

    Ince left Liverpool in a £250,000 deal back in August of 2011, but his hot-property status has prompted his former club to swoop back in for him.

    Blackpool are believed to be holding out for a fee in the region of £6 million, but with Liverpool holding a 35-percent release clause, the fee should come down to about £4 million plus add-ons.

    However, Liverpool letting him slide initially has attracted criticism from pundits and supporters who feel that the club must give more opportunities to youngsters.

    Brendan Rodgers leaving no one under any illusion about handing down chances to youngsters may sway Ince to make an early return to his boyhood club.

    But any chance of that happening depends wholly on what his father, Paul Ince, thinks is right for him.

Demba Ba

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    Demba Ba rumours just never stop.

    As revealed by Alan Pardew, the 27-year-old’s £7.5 million buyout clause, which will reactivate next month, makes him a hot target for managers looking for firepower up front.

    Arsenal and Liverpool fit the bill, and as such have been heavily linked with the Newcastle United hitman, who has 10 goals to his credit so far.

    Aside from that, we would all want to know from Santa: Why did Newcastle United let Demba Ba insert a clause into his contract that kicks in during every other transfer window?

    And why is Pardew being so vocal about the nature of it?

    Perhaps this may be the reason why no club has backed their interest on Ba yet.

Alexis Sanchez

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    This one came out of the blue.

    Alexis Sanchez, the man for whom Barcelona paid Udinese close to £30 million in signing fees and bonuses during the summer of 2011, apparently figures on Rodgers’ wish list.

    Now, that spells out as “a very expensive toy.”

    Sanchez’s agent, meanwhile, ruled out any possibility of a January move and has insisted that the tricky Chilean will remain at Camp Nou despite him not being favoured much under new boss Tito Vilanova.

    However, speculation about his long-term future will continue, and Liverpool may figure that it is best to crash when the traffic is clear.

Fernando Llorente

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    When his contract runs out this summer, Fernando Llorente will be one among several other high-profile would-be free agents in the open market, alongside Theo Walcott, Ashley Cole and the like.

    Fernando Llorente is unwanted at Athletic Bilbao, and the Spanish international recently announced that he has no intention of signing another contract.

    Despite the forward’s apparent desire to move on, manager Marcelo Bielsa ran the rule on his player’s future by insisting that he will stay put and honour his agreement with the club until summer.

    However, there won’t be a shortage in suitors. And Liverpool, tipped to be one of the parties, will make their interest in acquiring the Spaniard’s services known to him.

    Whoever said Liverpool might not see Torres donning a red shirt again?

    If this deal happens, Liverpool supporters and Brendan Rodgers can relish watching Fernando “Llorente” Torres pull that famous red shirt on him.