10 Transfer Targets Liverpool Should Think About Signing in the Summer

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentFebruary 15, 2014

10 Transfer Targets Liverpool Should Think About Signing in the Summer

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    Liverpool's empty January transfer window was met with a lot of disappointment from some fans. More so that the club seemed unable to compete in the transfer market.

    But the January market is a difficult one to judge, with clubs very reluctant to let their best players go and rock the boat mid-season.

    The summer transfer window brings up many more transfer opportunities at more realistic prices.

    Furthermore, Liverpool's transfer policy will be largely dictated by whether they achieve Champions League qualification this season or not.

    A top-four finish and the Reds will be able to attract a higher calibre of player than what they have been going after in recent years.

    No doubt this year's World Cup in Brazil will throw up even more speculation than usual.

    With the summer in mind, here are 10 targets Liverpool would do well to consider signing when the transfer frenzy resumes.

İlkay Gundogan

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    The Borussia Dortmund central midfielder would be the perfect fit for Brendan Rodgers' side as they start to think about life after Steven Gerrard.

    Gundogan is capable of putting in a stern tackle on players and pick out pinpoint balls forward—very reminiscent of Xabi Alonso's days for Liverpool.

    Although Gundogan has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as per Jamie Sanderson of Metro, David Moyes' side don't look like they'll be in next season's Champions League, giving Liverpool the chance to nip in and sign him.

Yevhen Konoplyanka

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    After missing out on Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, Konoplyanka was the second big Liverpool transfer story of January—the club ultimately missing out on signing him on deadline day.

    Rodgers has already hinted that the Reds may go back in for the exciting Ukrainian winger from Dnipro in the summer, as per BBC Sport.

Danny Ings

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    The Ings and Sam Vokes partnership at Burnley this season has put away 40 goals in all competitions.

    Ings himself has netted 24 of those, with 19 coming in the Championship, making him the league's second-highest goalscorer.

    Having already been linked with a move to Liverpool, as per Matt Peters of the Daily Mail, the England Under-21 international could be a great talisman to inject youth and goals into the Liverpool squad's attacking options. 

Martin Montoya

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    Able to play both left-back and right-back, Barcelona's Montoya could be the perfect solution for Rodgers, who may be looking to upgrade both sides of defence.

    With Aly Cissokho almost certainly set to end his ties with Liverpool following the expiration of his loan deal from Valencia at the end of the season, and Glen Johnson now 29 years old and not the player he once was, Montoya's young legs could be a very shrewd purchase indeed.

    Furthermore, he's been linked with a move to Anfield before, as per Alex Richards of the Mirror.

Will Hughes

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    Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, just 18 years old, has long been on Liverpool's radar, as per Alan Nixon of the Mirror.

    The highly-rated England Under-21 international could be seen as the perfect long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, able to put in crunching tackles and show mature leadership for the Rams.

    Liverpool could have a head start in their ambitions to sign Hughes, too, having made good relations with Derby through the loaning of Andre Wisdom to Pride Park this season.

Javier Mascherano

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    The intelligence and animal instinct of central midfielder Mascherano could well do Liverpool good if they were to sign him this summer.

    Having left Anfield in 2010, Mascherano still possesses the attributes that made him a fans' favourite in his time on Merseyside.

    The now-29-year-old Argentine international has made just 14 appearances in La Liga for Barcelona this season, according to Squawka, and could be looking for more regular football come the summer.

Julian Draxler

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    Should Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, they may start to look towards the higher calibre of player—so why not target Germany's hottest prospect Julian Draxler?

    Schalke coach Jens Keller has already admitted he doesn't expect to have Draxler at the Veltins-Arena next season, as per James Orr of the Independent, with a €45.5m buy-out clause on Draxler's head.

Leonardo Bittencourt

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    At just 20 years old, Bittencourt has already experienced some of football's biggest games—having played for Borussia Dortmund during 2012/14.

    Now at Hannover 96, the German forward with Brazilian heritage is finding his feet, having scored four goals in his last six Bundesliga games.

    Bittencourt could be a very exciting prospect for the future, though a move to England so early in his career may come with some risk.

Fernando

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    Linked with both Everton and Liverpool, as per talkSPORT, Porto's Fernando could solve Liverpool's problems in defensive midfield.

    However, the Reds could face a fight for the 26-year-old, with Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express suggesting Manchester City may have already tied up a pre-contract for the Brazilian.

    According to O Jogo, as per Sambafoot.com, Fernando has this week signed an extension to his contract at Porto, keeping him at the Estadio do Dragao until 2017.

Karl Darlow

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    Although he didn't concede, second-choice Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones didn't fill too many fans with confidence in his recent game against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

    With Simon Mignolet looking in a strong position to be Liverpool's first-choice keeper for years to come, Nottingham Forest's Karl Darlow could be a great understudy to have on the books at Anfield.

    He's been linked with a move to Liverpool before too, as per Alex Richards of the Mirror.