Liverpool Transfers: 5 Creative Attackers Linked to the Reds
Liverpool's transfer activity this summer will make for hugely interesting watching for fans and neutrals alike, as manager Brendan Rodgers seeks to further shape the squad to his needs with the Reds looking to jump back into the top four during the new season.
While defensive reinforcements remain a priority, judging by the latest media rumours there will also be at least another player to come in to bolster Liverpool's attack, with a number of excellent technical attacking midfielders and forwards linked with the club.
Putting the ball in the back of the net has been the big problem for Liverpool over the last two matches as they have drawn 0-0 with both West Ham United and Reading, so the addition of another creative attacker might be a welcome boost for Rodgers and his side.
Here are the five biggest and latest names to be linked with the Reds who fit that description.
The most oft-quoted name linked with Liverpool for the summer ahead, at least in an attacking sense, appears to be that of Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The Danish starlet is presumed to be definitely leaving his side this summer, with just one year left to run on his current contract. Sky Sports report that Liverpool have been avidly watching him with a view to a summer transfer, with a fee of up to €20 million said to be needed to prise him away from Amsterdam.
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has enjoyed a stellar season with his club, leading to speculation that he could be on the move in the summer.
Mkhitaryan has hit 22 goals in 23 league games this summer in the Ukrainian top flight, with a further pair of strikes in the UEFA Champions League from his advanced midfield position. As well as his magnificent strike rate for the campaign, Mkhitaryan has shown remarkable in-game intelligence with his movement and passing, helping play move from the middle to the final thirds for his side.
The Telegraph are reporting that Liverpool have earmarked him for the No.10 role next season as they look to bring more attacking options to the side.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has been rumoured to be a Liverpool target for the summer, with the French attacker capable of playing either in a central role or down either flank.
His versatility and ability to attack the box—and to score goals—has seemingly made him an interesting alternative for Brendan Rodgers.
Details for any potential move remain sketchy, though one train of thought, as reported by the Guardian, is that Ben Arfa could join Liverpool in part of an exchange deal for striker Andy Carroll, who is currently out on loan at West Ham.
Injuries and unpredictability of Ben Arfa himself might yet mean this is not the route Liverpool choose to pursue.
A more direct, if still creative, target now and Dinamo Moscow wide forward Balazs Dzsudzsak.
The Hungarian wide man can play on either side of the forward line, and possesses an extremely powerful left-foot shot, making him a great weapon when cutting infield from the right. Set pieces and a willingness to run at opposition defences are also trademarks in his armoury.
Dzsudzsak was said to be high on Liverpool's wanted list during the recent January transfer window, when they had a bid for him rejected, but TalkSPORT conclude that they may yet return for him in summer, with a move for around £12 million mentioned.
We finish up with one of the most talented young attacking midfielders in Europe, and Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara. Thiago is a regular in the Barcelona squad, though is struggling to make a regular position his own. Considering he is battling with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas, that is not particularly to his detriment.
AS.com are reporting that he may be available for transfer this summer, with Liverpool and Manchester United both interested in a move for him.
A great passer of the ball and more than capable in one-on-one situations with the ball at his feet, Thiago is a terrific prospect already deserving of starting for most sides, and his signing would be a real coup. It remains to be seen if Liverpool are genuinely targeting him, or if they are convinced enough to pay a fee which could be around £15 million for him.