Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has done some great work over the past two transfer windows to bring in a plethora of attacking talent and depth to Merseyside.
The results might not have been as forthcoming for the Reds, but with lots of young talent on board and great individual ability existent, there's little doubting that Rodgers' men will be challenging for European success next year—something that could be boosted over the summer with the arrival of key players.
One of the hottest names linked with a move to Anfield this summer has been Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen. The Dutchman is in scintillating form this year and was reportedly the subject of a deal between Ajax and Liverpool, something which Ajax were quick to point out as being inaccurate (per Sky Sports):
We will send out a press release when there is an agreement," Ajax press manager Eefje Schep told Danish TV2. "Also if there is only a deal between Ajax and the club. So at this time there is no agreement between Ajax and Liverpool..."
However, having already refused to sign a new deal at the club, Eriksen will likely move on from Ajax, with Liverpool the frontrunners for his services.
And wouldn't he be a great fit with the Reds.
Rodgers is looking for a No. 10 playmaker to fill the role in behind Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez this year with Philippe Coutinho more of a left-hand-side player and Jordan Henderson too inconsistent to be counted on.
Moreover, given his current contract situation, Ajax are likely to try and sell him now so they can still get some money in return for him.
The longevity of the rumors surrounding the Dutch Footballer of the Year and Liverpool has gone on for so long that there's bound to be some interest from Liverpool, which is completely understandable.
Eriksen is a raw talent who would be a star in the Premier League and could develop into one of the premier playmakers given he'd have the likes of Steven Gerrard to learn from.
Suarez's future is not 100 percent guaranteed at Liverpool following his biting incident and suspension, and if he leaves, the club will need new talent through the middle.
Henderson and Sturridge can provide that, but they don't have the same X-factor that Suarez does—and that—Eriksen can also provide. They're not the players that are going to break open a game in the 90th minute, but Eriksen most certainly would be.
If Suarez leaves, Liverpool have a new playmaking talent who is capable of keeping the club's attack firing in his absence. However, if Suarez stays, and Eriksen comes anyway, Liverpool could have a potent attacking lineup that sees Sturridge up top, Eriksen behind and Suarez and Coutinho out wide.
That is a truly potent lineup and one that would have great success in the Premier League in 2014—perhaps even making a run at the top four again.
The Reds must keep pushing in their bid for Eriksen to make that happen.
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