Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Breaking Down What Willian Would Bring to Anfield

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 18, 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 may not be bracing themselves for life without Luis Suarez just yet, but Brendan Rodgers and the Reds clearly understand that they need to add talent in order to have realistic hopes of contending in the Premier League and getting back to the Champions League next year.

According to Mirror Football's Darren Lewis, Liverpool have been in serious talks with Anzhi Makhachkala of the Russian Premier League about a potential move for the talented Willian, but their English rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in signing the Brazilian star.

With Liverpool looking like one of the favorites to land Willian before the summer transfer window closes this September, it's worth looking into what the Brazilian international would bring to Anfield. 

A dynamic playmaker with vital Champions League experience, Willian could step in right away and make an immediate impact for the Reds. 

He played six seasons with Ukrainian powerhouse Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 37 goals in over 220 appearances. He only scored one goal in 12 appearances for Anzhi last season, but he's only 25 and still offers a ton of creative potential.

While he doesn't come close to Suarez in terms of being a complete player or superstar, his ability to attack with the ball, make runs without the ball and create for others makes him a similar threat out on the wing.

Though, his impact wouldn't be felt nearly as often.

He's looked strong in recent outings for Anzhi this summer, earning Man of the Match honors in clashes with Dinamo Moscow and Krylya Sovetov Samara back in July, according to

Willian is more than just a dangerous player on the attack, though. He can also strike fear into the hearts of opponents on set pieces—specifically free kicks—where his skill makes him a threat to score each and every time.

That aspect of his game is also very similar to Suarez's. 

Willian isn't the caliber of player who could help replace the production Liverpool is used to getting from Suarez, but his quickness and overall ability on the wing makes him a significant addition for a club looking to take the next step this season.


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