Adding around star striker Luis Suarez was a priority for the club during this January window, and with those two pieces in place, the Reds have a chance to further bolster the roster with the addition of S.S. Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.
According to multiple reports, Liverpool is in the second stages of takes with Diakite, who would be a welcome addition with Jamie Carragher inching towards the end of his career. In a Metro report from Jamie Sanderson, it appears the talks are advanced enough to start penciling him in this summer.
Here's an excerpt from the piece:
An initial round of talks that took place before Christmas proved fruitless, with wages and contract length rumoured to be the sticking points. However, the Italian press claim Liverpool are now more hopeful of reaching an agreement after a second meeting this week.
That's great news for Liverpool going forward, and yet another glimmer of youthful infusion to a roster that was starting to look like Suarez and the gang more and more each match.
Of course, the transfer window hasn't been without drama. Ince's saga was one that now includes him being cup-tied to Blackpool, and midfielder Nuri Sahin is now drawing interest from other clubs—not that Liverpool is objecting after Sahin hasn't had much impact this season.
Sturridge is already proving his worth from the outside, striking in his first Premier League match with the Reds, and now Ince and Diakite are both younger players eager to make an impact at the PL ranks.
Diakite is a powerful defender with a big leg, and could slide to midfield in a pinch if necessary. But with Carragher and Sebastian Coates both not long for Liverpool's world, it's doubtful manager Brendan Rodgers would feel the need to slide him to that position on the field.
Look for talks between the two sides to heat up in the coming days. Liverpool will want to close out this free transfer without any financial obligation to the defender's current squad, since he would be coming over this summer at the completion of his current wages.
With Suarez still making defenders look silly and the rest of the roster coming along nicely, it would appear this weekend's matchup with Manchester United is worth more than just the usual bragging rights between the two clubs.
Something is in the air at Anfield, and it's not the stench of disappointment.
It's the smell of hope, and with three new players just the start of what this team is looking to do in the upcoming season and FA Cup play.
It looks like the sky is the limit for the Reds going forward.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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