Liverpool once again have to rethink their strategy in the transfer window after a failed attempt to bring in a talented player.
After the club missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier in the summer, BBC Sport reported that Liverpool placed a bid on Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa. Unfortunately, the young player will not be going anywhere after signing an extension with his club, according to The Guardian. Costa had this to say after the deal was signed:
I am very happy with the deal, it is a very special moment.
I am delighted with this agreement after fighting for a long time to win the respect and affection of the fans, my team-mates and people in the club.
It seems like Liverpool would give anything to have someone feel this way at Anfield. Instead, the Premier League squad is dealing with its own crisis of trying to bring players in while not allowing anyone to leave either.
The first priority has to be to settle the Luis Suarez situation. Things have deteriorated to the point where it seems as though he will never play for the Reds again.
Manager Brendan Rodgers claims that the forward will not be allowed onto the pitch until he apologizes to his teammates. According to Sky Sports, Suarez has no intention of doing this. This petty fight could leave one of the top players in the EPL on the bench.
Either the Uruguayan star has to be sold to at least provide some value, or the two sides have to squash any argument to help put the best possible squad on the pitch.
Once this is done, the club can start looking at external options to help improve. One potential target is Brazilian midfielder Willian. According to Jack De Menezes of The Independent, Liverpool are considering a £35 million bid for the 25-year-old player.
Although the cost seems high, there is certainly a chance that the transfer could be made for cheaper. His club, Anzhi Makhachkala, is looking to sell off pieces after a terrible start to the year and are even trying to let go of Samuel Eto'o for only £5 million, according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
If the price is right, this would certainly be a quality move for Liverpool. Willian is a creative midfielder who has done well for Shakhtar Donetsk in the past in both league play and in Champions League, and he can bring a great deal of experience to Anfield.
Among other proven wingers available is Scott Sinclair, who has worn out his welcome with Manchester City. Charles Perrin of the Express reports that Liverpool are now the favourites to acquire the player.
The speedster was much more effective with Swansea City two years ago, but he could provide the Reds with another dimension on the attack.
It is always important to upgrade the offense in order to compete in the Premier League. Liverpool have been looking in a number of places, but it is important to finalise one of these deals before the window shuts.
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