May brings the promise of rebirth and reinvigoration. It is a month that Liverpool Football Club will be looking to take full advantage of if they hope to avoid the early-season chill that last summer’s transfer miscue initially caused.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been clear about of his needs (via liverpoolfc.com), and with Jamie Carragher’s retirement and Martin Skrtel’s ineffectiveness, the central defense will be the area of most pressing need. However, the midfield will no doubt be enjoying the closer scrutiny of his transfer committee, too.
The middle of the park at Anfield poses a tricky proposition for Rodgers. It is not without promise, but all of those who have auditioned for the part never quite stole the show.
Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling, Suso and most recently Philippe Coutinho have all succeeded to varying degrees, exhibiting the promise and versatility that Rodgers will draw from moving forward. But none quite provided the missing piece of his complex puzzle.
Here is a look at eight midfielders the media have linked with Liverpool ranked in order of likelihood as a fit for the Reds.