As the January transfer window roars on, top clubs across Europe have continued their search for the right talent to bolster their lineups for the stretch run. Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool are no exception, as they look to make a charge towards the European slots in the Premier League.
The Reds picked up Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, and the striker has already notched a goal in his first three games for the club. They then turned their attentions to Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder, who is now essentially a Galatasaray player after a drawn-out saga between the Turkish club and Inter.
It would seem that on paper, missing out on a player of Sneijder's caliber would be a harsh blow to a club like Liverpool. However, this is not the case here.
The main reason why Sneijder was available for a transfer to begin with was due to a stunning drop in form. Remember that this is a player who helped guide Inter to a treble in 2010, then reached the World Cup final with Netherlands, somehow missing out on the Ballon d'Or.
He was rewarded with a contract extension after that, but injury and form killed any positive momentum he had going for him. Furthermore, perhaps the failure of his big money move to Manchester United in August 2011 affected him mentally.
When you're looking to bring in a player to assist your team, you want one who has had a positive run of games lately. Sneijder was frozen out of the lineup at Inter after refusing a contract extension, and was even sent on his winter holiday early.
Considering this, and taking into account his playing position, this is not the kind of player Liverpool need.
Rodgers' 4-3-3 doesn't have room for an out-and-out No. 10. The Liverpool midfield typically utilizes Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen as attack-minded midfield distributors, but by no means are they No. 10s, while Lucas Leiva is the main defensive midfielder.
The main problem with the central attacking midfield role in the 4-3-3 at Anfield is that Luis Suárez is the one spearheading the attack. The Uruguayan drifts back frequently to pick up the ball so he can run at defenders. Having someone like Sneijder around would impede that ability.
While still a world-class talent, acquiring Sneijder would have been a mistake for Liverpool. His bad form and failure to fit in the system outweigh the relatively low price tag.