Liverpool has been playing well as of late—winning their latest FA Cup match against Mansfield Town as well as its last two Premier League contests—but that won’t stop them from trying improve the club.
The Reds have a tough schedule ahead in the Premier League with upcoming scheduled matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. Liverpool currently sits in eighth place with 31 points, 21 points off the Red Devils who sit in first.
Liverpool has recently added Daniel Sturridge—who even scored a goal in the club’s 2-1 FA Cup victory—and will likely look to add at least a player or two while the transfer window is open. Here’s the latest on players who could be coming to Anfield.
Short on Astori
Davide Astori is one the bigger names traveling around the rumor mill, but it’s now unlikely that Liverpool is able to land him, according to Simon Jones of The Daily Mail:
Liverpool have made an offer of £7 million for Italy international Davide Astori but are likely to miss out to Southampton. The 25-year-older defender is valued at £12 million by his club Cagliari and Southampton have offered £9.5 million and hope to strike a deal.
Losing a player of Astori’s caliber would be costly to Liverpool, writes Bleacher Reports’ Brian Leigh. But with a difference of £2.5 million between offers, Liverpool would have to up the ante in order to continue hopes of getting him.
Pepe Reina has been good for Liverpool in 17 starts despite missing time with a hamstring injury, saving 65.6 percent of shots at him. But that’s doesn’t mean that he’ll be the Liverpool goalkeeper for long, writes Ian Ladyman and Simon Jones of The Daily Mail:
Pepe Reina’s future at Liverpool is under threat, with manager Brendan Rogers considering January moves for Birmingham’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland or young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler.
Would Rogers really ditch the idea of Reina so quickly? Unless Rogers feels that Reina’s hamstring is going to be a reoccurring issue, there’s really no reason to get rid of him and go in a younger direction just yet.
At a Stand Still
Liverpool is interested in one of the best young attackers in the game, Thomas Ince, but can’t seem to come to agreement to land him. Joe Bernstein of The Daily Mail writes that Liverpool and Blackpool negotiations have come to a halt:
Liverpool’s long-running bid for England Under 21 international Tom Ince, from Blackpool, is a game of who blinks first.
They will not raise their offer beyond £4 million, but Blackpool are holding out for £6 million.
Ince seems like a promising player for the future and Liverpool could easy increase their offer, so what’s the hold up? Are they really stuck on £4 million? It seems a little crazy since he’s scored 13 times and tallied 10 assists in 25 games with Blackpool. Just a hunch, but he’ll probably be worth the extra £1 or £2 million in the long run.