Liverpool: 6 Players They Could Be Going for in January

Omar AlmasriCorrespondent IIOctober 7, 2011

Liverpool: 6 Players They Could Be Going for in January

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    Liverpool was one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window last summer, making some quick and good purchases to help the club gain at least a top four place.

    The team has had a decent start to the season and are one point shy of fourth place, which is currently held by Newcastle, who've had a superb start to the season.

    Despite the relatively decent start to the season for the Reds, I still believe they can do much better and maybe with a couple of signings in January, things can get even better for Liverpool.

    In this article, I'll list six players who've been linked with the club and who could make a move in January.

    They'll be listed based on their availability, price and quality.

    As always, please share your thoughts at the end of the article.

Playmaker: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow)

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    During the summer, Liverpool made two key midfield acquisitions in the form of Charlie Adam from Blackpool and Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.

    The two have done alright so far, but haven't proven their price tags yet.

    I still believe that they'll eventually prove themselves, but if they don't by January, here's a heavily linked and available target.

    Keisuke Honda has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and would definitely be a very good addition to the squad. 

    Possesses an excellent left foot, strong physically, has great technique and set piece ability.

    Honda is reportedly valued at around 12-15 million pounds.

    Another player that you probably heard of already is Lille's Eden Hazard.

    One of the most sought after players on the continent, Hazard has been linked much with Liverpool and would be a dream signing for many supporters.

    A player who has superb poise, technique, skill, balance and creativity, especially for someone so young. Expect his name to be heavily mooted during the winter.

    Hazard is reportedly valued at around 25-30 million pounds.

    Other options include Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Marvin Martin (Sochaux) and Chris Brunt (West Brom).

Central Defender: Gary Cahill (Bolton)

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    The most talked about defender in the Premier League, who's destined to move to a top club and could very likely make the move this January.

    Cahill is free to go in the summer.

    If his club can't convince him to sign a new contract and with many clubs, including Liverpool, interested in his services...he might get his wish.

    He hasn't had the best of starts, especially with Bolton lingering at the bottom of the league, but he still he is an excellent defender who I rate.

    A defender who posses excellent aerial ability, good tackler, disciplined, and is excellent with the ball on his feet.

    Will be an excellent buy for Liverpool and will probably, due to his contract situation, be available at around 5 million pounds.

    Other options include Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Christopher Samba (Blackburn), Mateo Musacchio (Villareal), and Dejan Lovren (Lyon).

Forward: Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)

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    A player who has been heavily linked in the past few days.

    Gonzalo Higuain, the Real Madrid forward who recently scored a stunning hat trick against Espanyol, is said to be a top target for Liverpool in January. 

    A player who suffered with lack of playing time due to injuries and the form of Karim Benzema, Higuain is a striker blessed with pace, excellent skill, technique and a lethal finisher.

    He might be difficult to bring in January, but there is still hope.

    Higuain will reportedly cost more than 20 million pounds.

    Other options: Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton), Salomon Kalou (Chelsea), Ola Toivonen (PSV), and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Right Winger: Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad)

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    One of the best and most underrated players in La Liga.

    Xabi Prieto impressed many last season.

    His excellent performance with then newly-promoted Real Sociedad, has been linked with many top clubs, including Liverpool.

    Prieto is a player I just love watching. He is an excellent passer, has great technique, excellent crosser, very creative and is just a brilliant player.

    He might not have pace, but he has the technique and creativity which overcomes that weakness.

    I believe that he would be a shrewd acquisition for the Reds.

    He is reportedly valued at around 8-10 million pounds.

    Other options include Matt Jarvis (Wolverhampton), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Diego Perrotti and his world class teammate, Jesus Navas (Sevilla).

Holding Midfielder: Yann M'Vila (Rennes)

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    One of the best holding midfielders in Europe who's reportedly on the shortlist of some of the biggest clubs on the continent. 

    Yann M'Vila is a young, talented defensive midfielder from France and who currently plays at Rennes.

    He is known for being an excellent tackler, has good positioning, excellent passer, who's hardworking.

    He is also good in both defensively and attack-wise.

    M'Vila would be a top signing for Liverpool and who I believe is more assuring than the improving Lucas.

    He won't come cheaply though, and he has been quoted as saying he wants to stay at Rennes.

    Other options include Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse) and Danilo Pereira (Parma).

Jack of All Trades: Jan Vertonghen (Ajax)

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    A player heavily linked for a move to one of Europe's top clubs for the past few seasons.

    Ajax's Jan Vertonghen has been heavily mooted for a big move and is considered a talented and versatile player, capable of playing in a variety of positions.

    Vertonghen is known for his excellent positioning, tackling, aerial ability and excellent technique, who's comfortable with the ball on his feet.

    Vertonghen can play in any position in defence and can also do a job as a holding midfielder.

    He's definitely a player who will be talked about during the winter.

    Vertonghen is valued at around 15-18 million pounds.


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    What do you think? 

    Who do you think Liverpool will go for in January?



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