5 Possible Realistic Liverpool Targets in Final 24 Hours of the Transfer Window
With one day of the January transfer window left to go, Liverpool are yet to bring in any new faces. But with players still being linked left, right and centre, there could yet be some last-minute business at Anfield.
Back in November, Brendan Rodgers filled Reds fans with hope when he revealed his plans to make upgrades to his starting XI, rather than buy more squad players.
"We need to bring in players for the team," he was quoted by Andy Hunter of the Guardian as saying. He added:
We've got a squad and we've got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team. We did that last year and benefited from that. We know what we need to improve and we know the areas we need to improve but it's all about timing and all about affordability and can we do it? I always hope that in each window we can improve the team and if we can do that we can rightly be up there.
Yet with the clock ticking, and having already lost out to Chelsea for Egyptian international winger Mohamed Salah, Rodgers and Liverpool face a race against time.
The rumour mill is in full flow though and there could still be some transfer deadline day action involving the Reds.
The most likely deal set to be sealed is that of Ukrainian international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who has been linked with a move to Anfield this week, per David Anderson of the Mirror.
Anderson claims Liverpool upped their bid on Thursday for Konoplyanka to push the deal through.
Able to play on either side of midfield, 24-year-old Konoplyanka would bring fresh, dynamic options to Brendan Rodgers' flourishing attacking lineup.
His creativity and eye for goal could be the difference between Europa League and Champions League qualification.
With Lucas Leiva out injured for at least two months, Liverpool's central midfield is beginning to look bare.
Enter Brazilian defensive midfielder Romulo to the rumour mill, per Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.
His commanding, committed and physical play could bring some defensive responsibilities to the heart of the Reds' team, but having not played due to a knee injury for the best part of 18 months, he would be a very risky signing.
Another name linked with a January move to Liverpool is highly rated Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Saul Niguez, per Alan Nixon of the Mirror.
Niguez, currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano, has already played six times for Spain's exciting Under-21 side, but at just 19 years old, it would be highly doubtful he could make an instant impact for Liverpool in the Premier League.
With Fabio Borini out on loan and Iago Aspas having a torrid first season on Merseyside, the Reds could do with another option up front, in case of disaster to Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez.
Cuenca hasn't played for the Catalan giants this season, and at 22 years old, this could be make-or-break for the forward.
Barcelona coach Tata Martino is quoted by talkSPORT as saying, "We will see if he stays here or gets the chance to play elsewhere."
Nigel De Jong
The original rumours suggesting Liverpool may attempt to sign AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong on loan for the rest of the season, per Samuel Stevens of the Independent, seemed pretty wide of the mark.
After all, 29-year-old de Jong has played in all but two of Milan's Serie A games this season, and is much needed at the San Siro.
However, Lucas' comments on Thursday suggesting he would welcome the Dutch international to Anfield reignited the rumour.
He was quoted by the Metro's Hannah Duncan as saying:
He is a good player and produced many good performances at Manchester City.
If he comes it will be good for the squad because it’s important to have a strong squad.
I believe that if anyone comes who plays in my position it will not be because of my injury but rather to strengthen the squad.
Roll on, Friday.