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Should Liverpool Swoop for Southampton Pair Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez?
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Liverpool have this week been linked with January transfer window moves for Southampton defender Luke Shaw and winger Jay Rodriguez.

Following the shock departure of Saints chairman Nicola Cortese, Matt Law of the Telegraph claims the Reds are among a number of clubs to have “registered an interest in signing Shaw.”

Law also alludes to possible interest in signing Rodriguez, whilst Jack Wilson of the Daily Star reported on Thursday that “Liverpool are lining up a stunning move” for the former Burnley midfielder.

 

Shaw

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With Liverpool’s left-back problems no secret, a long-term solution may be on the cards.

In Shaw, Brendan Rodgers could have a reliable and potentially top-class transfer target.

Shaw has already proved he is a strong defender at the Premier League level, being part of a defence that conceded just four goals in their opening nine matches of the season, of which Shaw started seven. 

However, the water is still being tested with the 18-year-old.

In fact, he has recently been caught off-guard as Southampton’s defence has begun to leak goals.

Going forward, he is not quite the attacking threat Rodgers would hope for from a player of his position, and being three years younger than Jon Flanagan may not help his cause either.

 

Rodriguez 

Rodriguez has played in all of Southampton’s league games this season, and is becoming a regular starter for the England under-21 side.

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At 24 years old, Rodriguez is at an exciting point in his career, having been snapped up by Southampton from Championship side Burnley in 2012.

He provides pace, attacking instinct and goals, which will impress Rodgers most.

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According to Squawka, Rodriguez has scored eight goals in his 21 appearances for the Saints this season, creating 15 chances and has an average pass accuracy of 78 percent.

With Philippe Coutinho underperforming of late, Iago Aspas’ career on Merseyside almost a write-off, Victor Moses inevitably returning to Chelsea in the summer and Raheem Sterling still only 19, Rodgers may look toward a talent like Rodriguez to bolster his attacking options.

Of Shaw and Rodriguez, it is the latter who would most likely make the biggest impact at Anfield this season, should they make a move.

 

Spending Money

With just 14 days of the transfer window remaining, and no real activity by Liverpool as of yet, this is where the heat is turned up.

Rodgers once again confirmed he believes the Reds to be in the title race in his press conference on Thursday, according to Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo:

We have all these teams to play at home and we are only six points off the lead

And because of that we have to feel that we are part of it.

Of course, everyone will talk about the three clubs that are there ahead of us because of their squads and because they have been around the for the past few years.

For us, it it is just a case of continuing to improve and work.   We are working and fighting to be up there.

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Per Andy Hunter in the Irish Times, the news that John Henry will be in Liverpool for Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Aston Villa could be a telling sign that the owner is here to spend money. 

At the very least, Rodgers will hope to convince Henry to part with the cash for players he and the Liverpool transfer committee feel benefit their title aspirations. 

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