Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Brendan Rodgers' Top Targets in January

Ravin Sampat@_sampatCorrespondent IIJanuary 15, 2014

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool laughs prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his high-flying team are legitimate title contenders after beating Stoke 3-5 at the Brittania Stadium on Sunday, the Guardian's Stuart James reported. But if they're going to get there, Rodgers needs to find help in January. 

Liverpool currently lie in fourth spot, four points off third, and are on a run of three straight wins after back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

But with high-flying Luis Suarez and the return of Daniel Sturridge on the weekend, the Merseysiders have a great chance of success this season. Sturridge was welcomed back by Liverpool fans as he set up Luis Suarez for his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool (R) celebrates with Luis Suarez as he scores their fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke
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The Uruguayan is set to break a Premier League record for most goals in a season, if he continues scoring at this rate, a remarkable feat for someone who missed the first five matches of the season. 

Liverpool do however remain six points behind league leaders Arsenal, who beat Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday to go top again. If Liverpool are to sustain a title challenge as Rodgers believes, then reinforcements in January will be on his agenda.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Jul
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Rodgers has said that he is happy to "wait if the right deals can't be done" until the summer, reported the Liverpool Echo.

With the battle for the Champions League spots hotting up, Liverpool fans will be hopping Rodgers is just bluffing.

If Liverpool are likely to buy, who will be the manager's top targets?

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 24:  Blaise Matuidi of PSG and Mathieu Valbuena of Marseille battle for the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Olympique de Marseille at Parc des Princes on February 24, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo
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Mathieu Valbuena

The Daily Mirror's Alex Richards has linked the Marseille playmaker with a move to Anfield after recent comments he made on French TV station Telefoot about his future.

But Liverpool would want the player now and the 29-year-old declared he would be interested in new avenues next season.

A departure? To discover something else next season could be interesting.

My goal is to make a great second half of the season in the club and make a great World Cup. It's been eight years since I am here at l'OM. I've never hidden that an experience abroad tempts me. We'll see...

Valbuena has only scored one goal this season and was out for December due to a fractured collarbone, TransferMarkt reported.

The Metro says the Reds have been keen admirers of the Frenchman, so a move this January could be on the cards.

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 06:  Georginio Wijnaldum of PSV Eindhoven and Roberto Insigne of Napoli in action during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between SSC Napoli and PSV Eindhoven  at Stadio San Paolo on December 6, 2012 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo
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Georginio Wijnaldum

Another midfielder linked with Liverpool is PSV Eindhoven captain Georginio Wijnaldum.

According to The Metro, the Dutch international was reportedly wanted by Arsenal over the summer, but rejected speculation by insisting he would not be leaving PSV this season, having made a promise to the club.

Despite Liverpool having a creative front three consisting of Phillipe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, the Reds have seen a lack of creativity in midfield with Steve Gerrard playing deeper and Jordan Henderson not utilised as an attacking midfielder.

Wijnaldum was handed the captaincy by manager Phillip Cocu at the beginning of the current season but with boss Brendan Rodgers looking to add attacking prowess to his midfield, the 23-year-old could be the perfect addition.

The Reds are said to be ready to test the resolve of both PSV and the 23-year-old's with a deal worth around £9m before the end of this month’s transfer window, reports The Metro.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Dele Alli of MK Dons in action during the Capital One Cup First Round match between Northampton Town and MK Dons at Sixfields Stadium on August 6, 2013 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Dele Alli

He certainly won't be a player to save Liverpool this season, but the Reds have been strongly linked with Dele Alli, Neil Moxley in the Daily Mail reports.

The MK Dons teenager Dele Alli was watched by chief scout Barry Hunter over the weekend, whilst Moxley says Rodgers was among the crowd to see the midfielder turn out for his club against Wigan Athletic during their FA Cup Third Round tie last week.

Alli could fit into Rodgers' plans as the manager is also keen to spend money on players for the future and not just a quick fix, reported the Echo.

They have to be available first and foremost. If the right player is available not just for now but for the future we will look to do that.

Surely interest from Liverpool will turn the young midfielder's head should the Reds come in with a bid. The 17-year-old scored in the 3-2 victory over Shrewsbury Town at the weekend, and stands at over six feet tall.


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