Liverpool Transfers: 5 Players Kenny Dalglish Needs to Sign to Win the League
Since arriving at Anfield in early 2011, manager Kenny Dalglish has already made a big splash in the transfer market.
Immediately upon his appointment as interim manager, Dalglish signed superstars Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for a combined fee of £58 million in the wake of Fernando Torres' blockbuster £50 million transfer to bitter rival, Chelsea.
This summer, Dalglish has continued, signing Charlie Adam (£7 million), Jordan Henderson (£18 million), Stewart Downing (£20 million) and Alex Doni (free agent). He is expected to continue his summer spending, but the wage bill is very high, and there isn't too much left in the bank after having splashed out somewhat excessive fees on the two English wingers.
Dalglish has the luxury of having a lot of players, meaning there is a lot of dead weight. Here are five players who are likely on their way out:
Christian Poulsen (£5 million): A hard-working player who was never given a chance at Anfield; likely on the way out.
Raul Meireles/Alberto Aquilani (£20 million): With some elite youngsters pushing for a place, the logjam at center midfield needs to be sorted; one of them leaves.
Maxi Rodriguez (£10 million): Downing and Henderson signings could mean Maxi is shown the exit door.
Milan Jovanovic (£5 million): A disaster signing that is never going to be given a chance under Dalglish; rumoured to be on £100 thousand a week.
David N'gog (£10 million): Some teams are willing to pay big money for the Liverpool bust, so they must sell now.
That comes out to a total of £50 million. If Dalglish wants a serious shot at the Premier League title, he needs to spend it. Here are five players he could sign if he wants to make a serious championship push next season.
The hugely-underrated left-back is one of Villareal and the Spanish National Team's key players. He is, however, available on a free transfer.
Liverpool has a big hole at the left-back position, but they do have some good young prospects coming through the system who will be able to contribute sooner rather than later.
At 33, Capdevila would create the perfect bridge of probably a couple of years until Jack Robinson is ready to step up into full-time action, not to mention Capdevila is a player of immense quality.
Can you really pass up the opportunity to sign him on a free?
King Kenny would love to add some stealth to his defense to complement the intelligent and ever-vigilant Jamie Carragher, and Alex could be the answer.
Swallowed in a long line of Chelsea defenders, Alex has been put up for sale by new manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Dalglish is reportedly ready to jump at the opportunity.
Martin Kelly is a great young player, but he appears to be the long-term replacement for Carragher rather than an immediate fix. Martin Skrtel and Soti Kyrgiakos have never really been able to establish themselves as high quality centre backs, and although Alex plays for hated Chelsea, his signing may help to heal some of the wounds left by the Torres departure.
Price: £10 Million
A defense that was once seen as one of the weakest in the Premier League would suddenly be one of the strongest with the additions of Alex and Matthew Upson.
Like Capdevila, Upson is available on a free transfer after his West Ham was relegated. The 32-year-old Englishman would bring some strength and some more veteran experience to a Liverpool back line that needs all the help it can get.
With Glen Johnson and Capdevila pencilled in as the fullbacks, this could create some healthy competition for two central defense spots between Jamie Carragher, Alex, Upson and Martin Kelly. Either Sotiris Kyrgiakos or Martin Skrtel becomes expendable.
Will Dalglish sell for more funds?
At 20, Hazard is one of the brightest stars in the game. Playing for Lille in Ligue 1, Hazard can contribute at either the attacking midfield or the winger position, and he'd be seen as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard.
Hazard has scored 16 goals in 106 games with Lille, and he has been a key first-team player for the Belgian national team the past three years.
Jordan Henderson has expressed a desire to move to a more central position, and this move would allow him to. Liverpool have been strongly linked with Eden Hazard all summer, and the latest rumors are that Dalglish is ready to take another shot.
Price: £20 Million
Lukaku is one of the brightest young stars in the game, perhaps the new Didier Drogba.
While Liverpool doesn't need a high-quality starting striker, they could certainly use Lukaku.
Imagine a strike pair of Andy Carroll and the Belgian youngster. How's that for intimidating defenses? The 18-year-old is better with his feet than Carroll and prefers to slot in behind the front man. This would also allow Luis Suarez to move into his more natural wing position.
Lukaku has said he is definitely moving to the Premier League rather than La Liga or Serie A, and Chelsea and Arsenal look ready to pounce. However, don't be surprised to see Dalglish come in and try to seal a quick deal for the highly-touted forward.
Price: £20 Million