Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Overlooking Main Needs with Pursuit of Willian

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2013

KHIMKI, RUSSIA - JULY 19: Willian of FC Anzhi Makhachkala in action during the Russian Premier League match between FC Dinamo Moscow and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at the Arena Khimki Stadium on July 19, 2013 in Khimki, Russia.  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Liverpool continue to show increasing ambition under Brendan Rodgers.

With Luis Suarez's apology confirmed, as reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, the club can now focus their energy on landing talented individuals to help the Uruguayan get firing when his Premier League ban is over.

As reported by Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the Reds are rumoured to be hunting Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian for around £30 million:

Both Liverpool and Tottenham have entered into talks with Anzhi Makhachkala for the Brazil international but it appears Willian is leaning more towards a move to Anfield.

If Liverpool can complete a deal for the 25-year-old, Willian would become the second most expensive acquisition in the club's history and he would become the marquee signing that manager Brendan Rodgers has been desperate to make all summer.

While Rodgers has undoubtedly continued to search for a world-class signing, the potential transfer of Willian overlooks the main attributes Liverpool need to fulfill.

He is an excellent player and would be welcomed to Merseyside with open arms but for £30 million, Liverpool's money is better invested on players who can bring something completely different to the Premier League club.

Willian is an exciting, versatile and skillful forward. Liverpool currently boasts a squad full of exciting, versatile and skillful forwards.

The Brazilian loves to get the ball down and play short passes. He is immensely tricky and opts to dribble before moving possession towards someone in space. While these are terrific attributes, his similarities to the team's current stars signals a sense of overload.

Individuals such as Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas have all started their Liverpool careers in decent form. Coutinho has quickly become a fan favourite and offers a delightful combination of natural flair, creativity and intelligence.

Similarly, Sturridge has already proven himself to be a striker who can net sensational goals at important times. He is the kind of player who can turn the game on its head with one shimmy of the hips or a piece of skill that gives the opposition little chance of halting a goal.

Although Aspas needs extra time to be judged critically at Liverpool, his preseason form and time at Celta Vigo outline the Spaniard as a handy forward who is willing to put the team first. His instinctive nature sees him work hard around the box, challenge for possession and hold on to the ball with impressive strength.

Willian's talents fall between the aforementioned trio.

Although balletic on the ball, the 25-year-old's appearance would only galvanise attributes Liverpool already flaunt in abundance.

Rodgers is well-known for sticking with similar types of player—hence the sale of Andy Carroll—but it's time for the Northern Irishman to further his horizons with a signing that can bring something completely new to the Kop.

This doesn't have to be a lumbering oaf in the Carroll mold. It doesn't have to be a physical beast who lacks technical skill, but it should be a player who can help the likes of Coutinho, Sturridge and Aspas develop their game. If Rodgers's style fails the Reds during a game, Liverpool need a second option.

The once-rumoured acquisition of Fernando Llorente comes to mind. With all of these brilliantly-stylish players floating around Liverpool's attack, Rodgers would do well to add a powerful spearhead to his armoury.

Forwards such as Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Rickie Lambert define the attributes that could be brought in for a smaller fee, although Benteke is a no-go after inking his new contract back in July, as reported by Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail.

Granted, Willian's signing would be a fantastic statement by the club—but is he a necessary signing? At this stage in Liverpool's development, Rodgers's revolution is better suited to taking a stylistic gamble for a lesser price.


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