Liverpool Transfer Options: 10 January Moves That Get Them Into the Top 4

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Liverpool Transfer Options: 10 January Moves That Get Them Into the Top 4
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Inconsistent. That's the word I think best sums up Liverpool's start to this season. 

In some games Liverpool have looked like a team capable of taking on and beating the best in the league. In others they've looked like a group of strangers who've just met for the first time.

It's become very clear than any pre-season thoughts fans might have had about a title challenge were nothing more than fantasy. 

They have managed to play badly and win on a number of occasions, and that's a promising sign. However, it's obvious that Liverpool are not currently in a position to challenge for the Premier League title.

I would go as far as saying that Liverpool are going to struggle to finish in the top four. Tottenham are their main rivals for fourth and looking at both clubs starting 11's it's hard to make an argument for Liverpool in their current state.

There has been a frailness in defence, mainly due to injuries. There's been a lack of creativity and balance in midfield, a midfield which has also struggled when teams get physical and bite into tackles.

There's also been issues upfront where Luis Suarez has been forced to carry the team single-handedly. 

Andy Carroll has turned in a number of poor displays and has many of the Anfield faithful wondering if he may turn out to be a very expensive mistake by Damien Comolli.

It has to be disappointing to look at a team that has been rebuilt at a cost of £110million and is currently a long way off being title contenders.

It's always quite disappointing that despite the large outlay Liverpool fans still feel that Steven Gerrard is going to be the one to carry the team to glory.

When that sort of money is spent in an eight month period, the team should no longer have to rely on one or two players.

Unfortunately that is the case at Liverpool.

With a lot of uncertainty hanging over Gerrard in terms of how much is surgically repaired body is going to be capable of. There's more uncertainty whether or not he can bounce back to his best form after back to back poor seasons.

It's quite obvious that Liverpool will need to make some changes in January.

I believe the first change should be the abandoning of Damien Comolli's sabermetrics fascination which currently dictates Liverpool's transfer dealings.

Henderson, Adam, Downing and Carroll were all signed because they fit the Comolli blueprint, at a cost of £79million.

The price represents the other big problem with Comolli's master plan. Buying players from English clubs, especially English players, means overpaying massively.

In my opinion that amount is at least £25million more than those players were worth. I think it's pretty obvious that that money would have gotten a far higher standard of player from outside the English shores.

Luis Suarez cost £12million less than Andy Carroll, and only £3million and £7million more than Downing and Henderson respectively. That shows that.

Of the four I mentioned only Downing has performed close to the standard expected of him.

He's been inconsistent and even at his very best it's hard to see him ever justifying the large fee Liverpool paid for him.

Henderson and Adam have struggled, and Carroll has been at best mediocre, at worst downright awful.

In this article I will set out ten moves I believe Liverpool should make in January, in terms of players arriving and players leaving, if they want to compete for that all important Champions League place.

I hope you enjoy.

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