Liverpool Transfer Speculation: Should the Reds Take a Look at Scott Sinclair?

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIDecember 26, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Scott Sinclair of Swansea scores the second goal of the game during the npower Championship Playoff Final between Reading and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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With January beckoning and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers having promised to take strides to correct the lack of depth in the final third, Reds fans are looking forward to new bodies arriving to help the cause at Anfield.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has already undergone a medical at Anfield ahead of a proposed £12 million move, whilst former Red Tom Ince is reportedly also close to completing a move to the Merseyside outfit.

But Liverpool should look at one more player: Scott Sinclair.

Despite only being 23-years-old, Sinclair has already played for 10 clubs in his career, the former Chelsea youth graduate eventually settling at Swansea in 2010-11 before joining league champions Manchester City this summer.

However Sinclair, a tricky, talented winger, has made just five first-team starts for Roberto Mancini's side this season, including only two in the Premier League, and could well be looking for a loan move out of the Etihad Stadium.

And Liverpool should pounce.

First of all, Sinclair and Rodgers are already very well acquainted. Sinclair was one of the real starlets working under the Northern Irishman in the Chelsea youth ranks, and scored 35 goals for him in his two seasons at Swansea, including 27 in the Swans' promotion campaign. Sinclair knows Rodgers' system, knows how to operate well in his team, and would transition seamlessly into the Liverpool side.

Second of all, unlike Ince, Sinclair is very much a proven Premier League-calibre winger. He scored eight goals and added four assists in 38 games last season, becoming one of the division's really underrated players, and was rewarded for his fine form with a berth at the Olympics with Great Britain and his £6.5 million move.

Third of all, he would be cheap. Sinclair has struggled for meaningful playing time at City with world class players like Samir Nasri and David Silva ahead of him in the pecking chart. Mancini would no doubt reject a permanent move for one of his more promising players, but a loan move would not be out of the question.

And finally, he would be yet another acquisition in the model that Fenway Sports Group, the Liverpool owners, are looking for. Young and English, he would continue the revolution that has seen the likes of Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, and, soon, Daniel Sturridge, move to Merseyside.

Rodgers' proposed move for Tom Ince may have broken down, though this may be a blessing in disguise. Securing the services of a young but proven Premier League winger for half a season, possibly with a view to a permanent move in the summer, may well be the best move for Brendan Rodgers at this time.

But regardless of the situation with Ince, Liverpool should take a serious look at bringing in Scott Sinclair.