22-year-old English international Danny Rose continues to impress on loan for Sunderland this year.
The young left-back has made 16 appearances for Martin O'Neil's club and is fast endearing himself as a fan favorite.
With Benoit Assou-Ekotto holding the position for Tottenham, Rose may have become surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. That reality has given rose to the notion that Sunderland may try and make the loan permanent.
According to SkySports, such a deal is within the realm of possibility.
However, while the Black Cats may have the inside track, there is no reason a third club could not come in and hijack the defender's signature.
Liverpool might be in a position to do just that.
Of late, Brendan Rodgers preferred rotation at full back consists of Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and Stewart Downing.
The fact that Downing—usually deployed at left wing—is getting so many minutes in the back is telling. Andre Wisdom's minutes have receded of late. Further, Martin Kelly's continued injury problems make the situation a bit concerning.
Certainly, goal production outside of Luis Suarez is the first priority at Anfield in the January window.
However, there is also room for improvement in defense, particularly in terms of depth.
Enter Danny Rose, a promising outside back with proven Premier League experience. Rose is seemingly available, and given his tenuous position at Tottenham, it may come at a discount.
Further, the left-back checks all the boxes in terms of transfer policy under Brendan Rodgers and FSG. He is young, not overly expensive, and has the offensive facet to his game that Rodgers prizes from his outside defenders.
Liverpool seems intent on reassembling "Team GB" from the London Olympics. Joe Allen is already on board. According to reports, Jack Butland and Daniel Sturridge may be set for a move as well. Why not add the likes of Danny Rose?
He is a great value buy with an abundance of promise. Seems like a wise outlay for some much needed depth.