January Transfer Window: 5 Reasons Wesley Sneijder Could Go to Liverpool
The Mirror, The Independent and The Sports Review all have claimed that Liverpool have made a late entrance into the sweepstakes for the Dutch midfielder who helped lead Inter to an Italian and European treble in 2009-10, winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League.
Despite all the hype and non-hype around Sneijder there are still some reasons why he could join Liverpool before the end of January.
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Wesley Sneijder rose to prominence in Italy under the guidance of a certain "Special," Portuguese manager. In addition to that fact, what is one thing that Sneijder and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have in common?
Yes, Jose Mourinho was a key figure in molding both of their footballing minds. If Sneijder were to phone Mourinho and ask his opinion where he should go it could possibly be Liverpool.
Not only would the Real Madrid manager likely steer the Dutch international towards a chance to work with one of his prized pupils, it would also see Sneijder join a great project for the future as he enters the prime years of his career.
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While it may seem interesting to throw Joe Allen up as a reason why Sneijder could go to Liverpool, it could be argued that after the Welshman's frustrating performance against Manchester United over the weekend it is clear that the Reds need an immediate starter as Allen needs more time to grow.
Having two of the best midfielders in the world in both Sneijder and Steven Gerrard to learn from could see both Joe Allen and also Jordan Henderson truly have players in the mold that they will potentially both be asked to fill.
Potential European Action
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Yes, it may sound crazy to mention Liverpool and European action to some people. Had they defeated Manchester United over the weekend they would have been in the top six knocking on the door to the Europa League and, eventually before the year is out, in the top four with the help of Sneijder.
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In his departure letter to the Liverpool fans, former on-loan midfielder Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid now heading to Borussia Dortmund was more than adamant about the role Gerrard played in his short time period at Anfield (via Metro):
I have matured as a player after playing alongside the best players in my position.
Xabi Alonso when I was at Real Madrid, but especially Steven Gerrard at Liverpool—even though I didn’t get to play a lot with him.
The praise from a young player only playing a few minutes with Gerrard but considering it a great experience would play on anyone's mind.
Being a Part of History
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Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Helping them to return to the height of their power could see Sneijder live forever in Reds folklore and history.
The English Premier League is much more in the spotlight than the Turkish league, and Liverpool still have a far larger fanbase than Tottenham despite their continued rise in prominence, and more so than Galatasaray as well due to their history and exposure.
While Liverpool won't be able to offer the massive wage deal Galatasaray could, what the Reds have to offer is priceless when you look at the total package of the football club, its fans and history.