Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Thomas Ince Would Be Smart Addition for Reds

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2013

WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 9:   Thomas Ince of Blackpool looks on during the npower Champions match between Watford and Blackpool at Vicarage Road on March 9, 2013 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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As Liverpool continues to rebuild under manager Brendan Rodgers, it's clear the team has a few pressing needs. Reinforcements defensively (namely at centre-back) are needed, while the club could also use another sturdy holding midfielder. 

With that being said, one of the most important needs at Anfield is an upgrade at winger.

Though the team has options at the positions out wide in Fabio Borini, Raheem Sterling and Stewart Downing, adding a bit more flair while Sterling continues to develop and Borini bounces back after an injury-laden season is a must.

Truthfully, adding more goals from the wide positions is necessary for Rodgers in his 4-3-3 system.

Enter Tom Ince. 

From Alan Oliver of the Mirror:

Blackpool's highly-rated winger Tom Ince will be given the chance to join his father's former club—and not only Liverpool, writes the Sunday People.

The Reds and Spurs are leading a host of Premier League clubs who want the £7 million-rated son of Blackpool manager and former Liverpool and England skipper Paul Ince.

But PEOPLE SPORT can reveal that Inter Milan have now thrown their hat into the ring.

Ince has been absolutely fantastic for Blackpool this season, totaling 18 goals and 14 assists. The 21-year-old combines solid pace and a smooth touch with a natural goalscoring ability and an absolute cannon of a left foot. 

He is perhaps at his most dangerous on the right side, where he can cut inside on defenders and let rip with his favored left foot. He is truly a threat from distance, and defenders have to be wary of allowing him inside and must force him wide.

But Ince is versatile and could also play on the left side or even slide more centrally as a second striker if needed (though Philippe Coutinho probably has that role locked up for the time being).

While Daniel Sturridge was an excellent midseason addition, there's no doubt that Liverpool needs to add another goalscorer to its lineup to take some pressure off Luis Suarez.

Scoring goals wasn't the main problem for Liverpool this season—the team's 70 goals was fourth most in the Premier League—but the team often became too reliant on Suarez to score. With another natural goalscorer on the pitch—truthfully, a role Borini was supposed to play this season—the Reds could be very dangerous next season. 

Liverpool will have no shortage of competition for Ince's signature, of course, but the Blackpool winger would be the perfect addition for the Anfield side this summer. Don't be surprised if Rodgers' first piece of summer business is to ensure Ince is wearing red next season.

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