Liverpool: 4 Players Brendan Rodgers Should Consider to Complete Spending
Liverpool have been busy in the summer transfer market, as they quickly wrapped up four new signings by the time the team got back into preseason training.
Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure are all now Reds players, and Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, was asked about the rest of his transfer plans. Reported by the official club website, the boss admitted he was still looking for another couple of players.
I still think another attacking, creative player, and depending on what goes out of the club - because naturally there might be one or two players who need to go out and play more - then we'll need to fill those areas that have been vacated. Certainly another attacking player will really benefit us, and probably another defender.
Fans might read into that in different ways, but certainly a No. 10 and a centre-back appear to remain high on the list of priorities, as anyone who watched the Reds last season might already know, and it could be that Rodgers is keeping his cards close to his chest on other targets.
All told, another four signings could yet be required for the Reds to be sufficiently strong in all areas to reach their objectives for next season. Here are four names who could yet prove to be summer additions for the Reds, or at least who provide a template for who Liverpool could go after for each position.
Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is widely regarded as a prime target for Liverpool this summer, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Reds are likely to aim to bring him in to play in the No. 10 role, the attacking midfielder, as the major signing of the summer. He will not only be the creative attacker that Rodgers referred to but also add a considerable number of goals from the second line of attack.
Champions League-quality players are not easy to come by in the transfer market for Liverpool right now, and Mkhitaryan would be a terrific capture.
At centre-back, Liverpool need to bring in a dominant, vocal, leader-type defender who can play alongside Daniel Agger and can be a part of the team for years to come.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos has been mentioned as the first-choice signing for the Reds in this department, as per Liverpool Echo, but there appear to be lingering concerns over his knee injury and the price that his club, Schalke, is demanding.
Whether Papadopoulos is the eventual centre-back signing or not, he has all the attributes that Liverpool need to find in their eventual target.
The Reds are going to need a new left-back signing this summer, with Jack Robinson likely to head out on loan once more and no more cover existing in the squad for regular starter Jose Enrique.
The prototype for the Reds would be a young, attack-minded full-back who gets forward quickly to support the transition and attack phases of play, who is a solid defender with capacity to improve further and who is comfortable on the ball.
Sevilla's Luis Alberto has seen plenty of attention thrown his way over the social network Twitter:
And finally I have just been told, #LFC are currently negotiating with Seville for LB Alberto Moreno.— Karl (@Karlton81) July 3, 2013
Luis Alberto broke into Sevilla's first team over the second half of last term, starting 12 of the last 16 La Liga matches. He was part of Spain's successful under-21 team during this summer's European Championships, playing in four of their five matches and all 90 minutes in the final itself.
Finally, Liverpool need to find themselves another defensive midfielder who can compete with and, if necessary, take the place of Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool are also lacking in power and aggression in the centre of the park, so they need to bring an element of tenacity and power to their side in the same position. Celtic's Victor Wanyama appears to be an available player who fits the profile that the Reds need, and he has been linked to Liverpool, as per Goal.com.
Southampton have already apparently had a bid accepted for him, while other Premier League teams are said to be interested, too.
Wanyama would provide good competition in the midfield area for the Reds and has plenty of room to significantly improve, technically and tactically.