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Liverpool Transfer News: Top Players Left on Reds' Radar

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2013

Liverpool Transfer News: Top Players Left on Reds' Radar

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    With most of Liverpool's summer transfer talk dominated by you-know-who, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that the Reds have other needs to address.

    The transfer period has seen Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing exiting Anfield to join West Ham, for £15 million and £6 million, respectively, as seen on the BBC Sport website.

    Pepe Reina, Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing are among those who have headed for pastures new, while Brendan Rodgers has brought four new players to the club in the shape of Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet.

    But who else is on the Merseyside club's radar? Will there be one last dash for new blood before the transfer window closes on September 2?

    Rodgers seems certain that his shopping spree is not over yet. On Monday he told the club's official website: "I'm confident we will add to the team. I don't think there is any doubt that we need that."

    Over the next few slides, we take a look at a selection of players who could be on their way to Liverpool FC, featuring Diego Contento, Willian and more.

    Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

    With most of Liverpool’s summer transfer talk dominated by you-know-who, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the Reds have other issues to address.

     

    The transfer window has seen Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing exiting Anfield to join West Ham, for £15 million and £6 million, respectively.

     

    Whereas Pepe Reina, Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing are among those who have also headed for pastures new.

     

    Brendan Rodgers has also seen four new players join the club, in Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet.

     

    But who else is on the Merseyside club’s radar? Will there be one last dash for new blood before the transfer window closes on September 2?

     

    Manager Brendan Rodgers seems certain that the club’s summer shopping is not yet over. He told the club’s official website:

     

    I'm confident we will add to the team. I don't think there is any doubt that we need that.

     

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    Over the next few slides, we take a look at a selection of players who could be on their way to Liverpool FC.

     

    Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Diego Contento

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    According to speculation, Diego Armando Contento could be on his way to Anfield for a season-long loan.

    The 23-year-old, who is named after Diego Maradona, is currently at Bayern Munich, where he has made 56 appearances for the first team.

    The Reds have been linked with a string of left-backs this month to provide cover and competition for Jose Enrique.

    The Express' Ben Jefferson reports that a loan move may be tied to Arsenal's success in signing Luis Gustavo from Bayern, as the Bavarian club will only let one of the pair leave the Allianz Arena.

    Jefferson also reports that Werder Bremen are interested in securing Contento's services too. 

Christian Eriksen

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    Liverpool have been casting admiring glances at Christian Eriksen since 2010.

    Last season, the 21-year-old scored 10 goals and registered 17 assists in 33 Eredivisie appearances with Ajax

    Rodgers has made it clear that he has been targeting an attacking player over the summer, as reported on Goal.com, and Eriksen would be the perfect player to slot into a playmaker's role at Anfield.

    With one season remaining on his contract, the Dane has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer.

    This week, the Guardian reported that the attacking midfielder is interested in linking up with former Ajax teammate Jan Vertonghen at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Eriksen was quoted as saying:

    I do not know if I am going to leave Ajax. We'll find out in two weeks. There are to my knowledge no negotiations right now either with a new club or Ajax. If there is a good approach (from another club), I see as an opportunity to try something new, but if nothing comes, I do not mind staying.

Guilherme Siqueira

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    If reports on Skysports.com are to be believed, Liverpool are "locked in talks" with Granada to sign left-back Guilherme Siqueira.

    The Brazilian has been at the club since 2011, where he has made 108 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and registering four assists.

    As rumours linking fellow Liverpool target Diego Contento imply, the Reds are determined to add another left-back to the side, with Jose Enrique the club's only recognized player in that position.

    As this statistical report on eplindex.com, which pits Siqueira against Enrique, suggests—the former would be a better option for the Reds.

    With a higher percentage of aerial duels won, balls cleared, interceptions made and a good crossing accuracy, Siqueira seems to have the upper hand.

    The stats may not be enough to see him replace Enrique, but Siqueira's inclusion may see the Spaniard up his game and would provide valuable cover should he get injured.

    James Dickenson reports in the Express that Liverpool are "close" to signing the Brazilian for £5 million.

     

     

Mamadou Sakho

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    According to Jamie Sanderson in Metro, Liverpool have lodged a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

    Following the departure of stalwart Jamie Carragher, who retired at the end of last season, Brendan Rodgers' side need a new central defender.

    The Reds brought in Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer this summer, but at 32, the side will need to draft in players with better long-term prospects.

    23-year-old Sakho has been at PSG for six years, during which time he has clocked up almost 200 games.

    Good in the air, strong, with excellent stamina and ball control, Sakho has been keen on a move away from Parc des Princes since 2012, when he fell down the pecking order in what was then Carlo Ancelotti's side. He told l'Equipe (via Sky Sports) that the added competition could be enough to force him out. 

     

     

Scott Sinclair

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    Journeyman midfielder Scott Sinclair has emerged as a leading contender to fill the left-wing role at Anfield, left vacant by Stewart Downing this week, according to this report by Charles Perrin in the Express.

    Currently at Manchester City, the 24-year-old made just 15 appearances in all competitions last season after signing from Swansea City in August 2012.

    Sinclair still has a lot to give but his career has suffered due to the amount of transfers and loan moves he has made in the past.

    Had he stayed at the Liberty Stadium instead of opting to join Manchester City, he would have been guaranteed a lot more playing time over the course of the last campaign.

    Sinclair has played for Rodgers before, in the Chelsea youth setup and again at Swansea, where he scored 36 goals in 91 games.

     

Willian

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    The last time Liverpool paid upwards of £30 million for a forward, things didn't turn out as planned.

    Hopefully, if the Reds do land Anzhi Makhachkala's Willian, they won’t see him being sold to West Ham at a cut-rate price 18 months from now.

    As the Guardian’s Sachin Nakrani reports, the Merseyside club seem to be on the brink of offering £30 million for the 25-year-old.

    Viewers of last season's Champions League may remember Willian from his performances for Shakhtar Donetsk—he put away four goals and made three assists over the course of seven games, with two of those strikes coming against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    The Brazilian has only been at Anzhi since January. But, as the club tries to cut costs, many of its players have been put up for sale, including Samuel Eto'o.

    After missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rodgers needs a creative attacking midfielder.

    If he manages to sign either Willian or Christian Eriksen, it would be a huge coup for the club.

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