Liverpool Transfers: 3 Players Who Could Help Them Bounce Back

John RichardsonCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2013

Liverpool Transfers: 3 Players Who Could Help Them Bounce Back

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    A calamitous start to Liverpool's 2012-13 campaign has been slightly eased by a string of good results over the holiday period and the signing of frontman Daniel Sturridge.

    With a little less than half of the season still to play the Reds find themselves sitting in eighth place on 31 points—seven points off the pace of fourth-placed Chelsea.

    If Brendan Rodgers and his men are serious about competing for Champions League football this year, they must delve deeper into the January transfer market for reinforcements.

    With that in mind, here are a few of the players who could assist in their rise up the table.

Thomas Ince

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    Since Ince's departure from Merseyside in 2011, he has matured into one of the Championship's most feared wingers.

    Blackpool managed to secure the 20-year-old's services for a coup £500,000 during the Kenny Dalglish era and must now see that as a piece of bargaining genius.

    The England U21 international has netted 21 goals and notched 18 assists during his two-year stint with the seaside club and currently sits fourth in the top goalscoring charts.

    He possesses just what the Reds have been lacking, a clinical eye for goal mixed with some pace and creativity.

    We now have to wait and see whether a deal can be forged, but if daddy Paul Ince has anything to say about it, his son will be going nowhere anytime soon (via Goal.com).

Davide Astori

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    Liverpool appear keen on acquiring the signature of 25-year-old Italian Davide Astori before the window closes (via The Independent).

    Astori is a big, powerful defender who plies his trade in the Serie A with bottom-dwellers Cagliari.

    While he is primarily a centerback, Astori could provide some necessary cover for Jose Enrique, who looks set to be out for six weeks with a torn hamstring.

Arda Turan

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    According to reports, Turkish midfield ace Arda Turan is fed up with Atletico Madrid and has recently stated his desire to quit the club.

    This has put Liverpool on high alert, with the 25-year-old said to be a self-professed Reds fan.

    To add further fuel to the fire, Nuri Sahin posted a picture to his Twitter account in early October that clearly displays Turan sporting a No.4 Liverpool jersey.

    The addition of Turan would solidify Liverpool's wings and add some much-needed class in the final third of the pitch (that Stewart Downing currently is not providing).