No sooner had the January transfer window disappointingly creaked shut for Liverpool than the rumour mill sparked into action again, with David Woods of the Daily Star suggesting the Reds are eyeing up UAE winger Omar Abdulrahman.
Some Liverpool fans are still sulking against the last transfer window; noses pressed up against the glass, a tear in one eye, longing for an Egyptian or Ukrainian international they knew little about six weeks ago.
But the rumour mill waits for no one, and truth be told, neither does Liverpool’s scouting team, who have a bigger and better market to browse for the summer’s shopping spree.
Add Liverpool’s potential Champions League qualification to the matter, which raises the calibre of transfer target up quite a few notches, and it may be surprising to hear that the Reds are looking at Abdulrahman at all.
As exciting as his YouTube reels may be, it wouldn’t take a genius to put together a compilation of Aly Cissokho looking world class. He’s not.
The worrying thing about 22-year-old Abdulrahman is his lack of experience, still plying his trade at Al-Ain in his homeland, although Woods reports in the Daily Star that he has previously had interest from Arsenal:
Arsenal invited the player commonly known as Amoory for a trial last summer, but he turned it down as he wants to land a permanent move to the Premier League.
Turning down the opportunity for a trial at a Premier League club when you want to move to one doesn’t seem like the most intelligent career choice, so either Abdulrahman has got the wrong end of the stick or Woods has.
One saving grace on his C.V. is that he is an Olympian, having represented the Emirates at London 2012. However, Liverpool fans may take that fact with a pinch of salt, just as they would if they saw Bradley Wiggins or Jess Ennis lining up on the right-wing.
But as good as Abdulrahman may or may not be, Liverpool do not need him right now. Nor did they need Yevhen Konoplyanka, or his transfer target predecessor, Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool do not need a winger. Or at least, not without strengthening other areas of the team first.
By the end of the summer transfer window, Liverpool’s defence may have a completely fresh look.
Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and the increasingly injury-prone Daniel Agger aren’t getting any younger, and Brendan Rodgers may look to oust all three of them in favour of younger upgrades.
He already started that motion by signing Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori last summer.
Jose Enrique has as many days left at Liverpool as it takes the transfer committee to find an adequate permanent replacement, while Cissokho will be given a one-way ticket back to Valencia come May.
That leaves vacancies at right-back, centre-back and left-back, before any consideration is given to improving the already impressive attacking prowess of Liverpool.
A defensive midfielder may well be a priority too, with Steven Gerrard’s presence of adopting a holding midfield role into Liverpool’s system not a long-term solution owing to the veteran’s age.
With Lucas Leiva out injured and Joe Allen on and off the treatment table too, Liverpool currently look thin in the middle of the park.
Do Liverpool need a winger?
Once the weak spots have been fixed, Liverpool can afford the luxury of shopping for a winger, or even another attacking midfielder to give Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling healthy competition.
Furthermore, deciding what to do with forwards Fabio Borini and Iago Aspas, and the fate of Victor Moses could well play a part in Liverpool’s attacking-minded transfer activity come July and August.
In a press conference on transfer deadline day, Brendan Rodgers said: “you can never have too much quality,” as reported by This Is Anfield,
This is true, though making sure that quality is in the right area is another matter.