When it comes to transfers, you just never know with Liverpool.
Over the years, we’ve seen some of the brightest stars in world football take to Anfield and hold the club scarf aloft with a look of wonder in their talented eyes. Then again, we’ve seen some real howlers, too.
However, with Brendan Rodgers now at the helm, the senseless spending looks to have ceased and the manager is looking to bring exciting additions into his squad this summer. Here, we assess two players who could soon be wearing red.
Heavily linked with Barcelona star Alex Sanchez for some time, Liverpool are now reportedly weighing up a big-money bid for the forward.
However, with the 25-year-old making it clear that he doesn’t want to join a team outside the Champions League, Liverpool appear to be the leading candidates to land his signature.
Though Barcelona had a season to forget in 2013/14, Sanchez was the shining light for the Spanish giants, scoring 19 goals and setting up 10 more in La Liga, according to WhoScored.com.
His pace, trickery, vision and finishing prowess make him one of the hottest young properties in world football, and he demonstrated exactly what he could bring to the Premier League during Chile’s 3-1 win over Australia in World Cup 2014’s Group B on Friday—as WhoScored.com revealed:
Sanchez’s performance showed how he’s matured as a player in recent years, demonstrating that he’d certainly fit the Anfield mould under Rodgers.
According to Metro’s report, Barcelona are said to be happy to part with Sanchez if the price is right, with the reported £27 million looking like somewhat of a bargain in today’s market.
Alongside Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in Liverpool’s attack, Sanchez would strike fear into defenders should he make the switch to the Premier League, as would the club’s next target.
Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri has found chances few and far between with the Bundesliga giants since making the switch to Germany back in 2012.
Though he’s impressed every time he’s taken to the pitch, having the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in the squad means that he’s had to take a back seat at the Allianz Arena.
Liverpool are reportedly keen to capitalise on the Swiss international’s lack of regular football, with Colin Harvey of the Daily Star revealing that the Reds are now entering negotiations for his signature.
Harvey reports that Rodgers and Co. have started discussions with Bayern Munich in an attempt to lure Shaqiri to Merseyside, and he’d be some signing if the deal goes through.
With incredible amounts of skill, pace and versatility, Shaqiri is the kind of player who can make an impact on a match within seconds and would thrive under Rodgers’ counter-attacking style at Anfield.
According to WhoScored.com, the 22-year-old made just 17 league appearances for Bayern last term, scoring six goals, so it’s no surprise that he wants to move on to let his exciting career blossom.
Speaking about his lack of first-team football recently, Shaqiri revealed that he is ready to leave Bayern but wants to continue to play Champions League football—per Harvey:
I'm not going to go through another year like this. If not much changes, then I will have to change something. I am only disappointed because I have played less. I am young and need to develop myself. I want to play in the big games from the beginning, and not just in the league when everything is already clear. I want to play at a top club as the Champions League is important to me.
Once again, Liverpool looks like being the ideal destination for the out-of-favour Shaqiri, though any potential deal is unlikely to go through until after the World Cup.
Though Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge stole the headlines for the Reds last season, the “SAS” will have to fight for their positions if Sanchez and Shaqiri make the switch.
With Raheem Sterling also showing promising form, Liverpool could boast a fearsome attacking line next season, but the “SASASASAS” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
The Reds are just a few players away from having a truly world-class set-up, and while bringing forward players in is great, Rodgers needs to focus on the club’s shaky back line.
If he can secure the services of a pair of defenders and another central midfielder, then the glory days may well be back for good at Anfield.