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Liverpool Transfer News: Acquiring Willian Would Send Great Message to Club

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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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

After a summer full of negative press, Liverpool have a chance to turn things around with a major signing before the end of the transfer period.

The Premier League club have been linked to Brazilian midfielder Willian, and it appears that the player is more than willing to make the move to Anfield. He told ESPN:

I'm waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool. If it's really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I'm hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.

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England is my goal. The English championship is the dream of many players and I'm no different. I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy the English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image.

This type of quote is exactly what Liverpool want to hear from a player of this level.

Willian makes everyone on his squad better with his creativity and passing skills. He might not put up big scoring numbers, but he is great at making things happen from the left side of the pitch.

With Shakhtar Donetsk, he showed off his ability to create opportunities for others against all levels of competition, including Champions League. He can also change a match with his ability to score with free kicks.

Although things have not gone as well this season with Anzhi Makhachkala, this could end up being a good thing as it has made the 25-year-old player available for transfer.

Additionally, Jonathan Wilson of The Guardian points out that Anzhi is desperate for money and will be forced to sell their star player regardless. This could lead to a discounted transfer fee as the club looks to get any amount of profit.

Tthe money does not appear to be an issue for Liverpool. According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the club leads the race and is willing to spend £30 million for Willian.

Despite the lofty price, this move would be worth it for the Reds. The midfielder would not only help on the pitch, but it would be a great sign for everyone involved.

First, the transaction would take headlines away from Luis Suarez for once. It would also prove to the forward that the club is working to put talent around him, and that a top-four finish is not out of reach. 

That mindset could help change Suarez's mindset as he considers switching clubs. The fact that Arsenal have been struggling certainly does not hurt Liverpool in this area either.

On the other hand, bringing in Willian also allows the club to sell the Uruguayan player if needed, as it would guarantee that the offense would be just fine regardless.

This same message would be well received by the club's supporters, who have been fearful of what could happen if Suarez does leave town. However, the future would look bright at Anfield if the young midfielder did join the roster.

Liverpool have a proud tradition, but the talent simply has not been there to compete with the best in the league over the past few years. Willian has the ability to change that in a hurry as he transforms the club both physically and mentally.

 

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