The goal for Liverpool next season is simple—Champions League or bust. And after the team made several smart signings this year and adapted well to new manager Brendan Rodgers' style, it seems like a feasible goal if the team can add a few pieces to the puzzle.
Liverpool are looking to sign Brazilian defender Douglas on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old has been a long-term target for Newcastle who failed with a £4 million offer last summer while Inter Milan have also shown interest.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed interest after realising Douglas is out of contract. Rodgers is unlikely to have more than £25 million to spend this summer, unless Luis Suarez is sold, and wants at least four players.
Douglas is sure to create polarizing opinions if he is signed. On one hand, he has always been regarded as a talented centre-back with a lot of potential, and nabbing him on a free transfer could end up being a brilliant piece of business.
On the other hand, Douglas hasn't exactly been consistent for FC Twente, and there is a reason the club is willing to lose him on a free transfer this summer. Teams don't just give away solid centre-backs for free, and he would have likely been moved last summer were he not trying to qualify to play for the Dutch national team.
But the manager may not have any choice but to take that chance on such a smart piece of business. Jamie Carragher is retiring, while Martin Skrtel offers up more questions than answers himself and could be moved.
Addressing the position is a huge need. Unfortunately, it won't be Liverpool's only need, meaning Rodgers is going to have to find some bargains somewhere if his summer budget is indeed limited. If Douglas is one of those bargains, he's a risk worth taking.
Douglas would be a smart signing for Liverpool.
There is shopping to do but a limited amount of money in Rodgers' pocket. If he can land free transfers with obvious talent but in need of some more coaching and consistency, so be it.
You don't get to the Champions League without taking some calculated risks, after all.