Liverpool Transfers: Ranking the Reds' 10 Biggest January Targets
Liverpool have had name after name linked with them over the last few months since the close of the summer transfer window. While some questions can be raised as to why some are so highly sought after, at least according to the press, there is none the less reason to put them in order.
The Reds have been frustrated with League results on two of the last three weeks and it is a definite possibility that they will bring in one or two more new faces come January. Despite there having been a belief that after the summer window they would largely start to only fine tune the squad, there could still be a much bigger transfer push in January than previously thought.
With Liverpool searching for continued improvement in all positions, they will be looking at a shortlist much like the one that follows as they plan for just what they will do come January. The players are listed in descending order.
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Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha has been attracting the interest of Liverpool for quite some time. The youngster has been a great asset to the Eagles in the England Npower Championship as they push for a chance at promotion for next season.
While the Ivory Coast international is still young he already has made a difference for the Eagles with two goals and one assist so far this campaign and there is likely to be a big push for his signature in January.
Despite all the hype, Zaha seems highly overrated and I do not see him being a major talking point once the transfer window gets rolling as there is much better available.
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With Jamie Carragher set to possibly retire in the next season or two, Liverpool could benefit from another veteran in the wings for reliable cover.
However, Chivu runs completely contrary to their current transfer policy and I would only see this happening if he came on a free and took a wage cut, much like Alexander Doni did in the summer.
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Liverpool have been rumored to be courting Tom Huddlestone for a possible January move. The Reds' Damien Comolli signed Huddlestone to Tottenham in 2005 and he might be looking for another chance to prize him away from another club.
The midfield is not a lightly-stocked area for the Reds, but they continue to look at building all areas of their squad for the future.
Valencia's 18-year-old sensation Paco Alcacer continues to be linked to Liverpool and also Arsenal. Liverpool are keen to add more youthful attacking prowess to their already talent packed reserve team.
While the Reds will face stiff competition for the signature of the young Spaniard, he is definitely a top class talent that would be a fine addition to the Liverpool youth contingent of players like Raheem Sterling, Adam Morgan and Jonjo Shelvey.
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The financial pull and prestige of a club like Liverpool could certainly pry him away from Italy, if the price is right. However, both Barcelona and Real Madrid are watching him closely.
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Danish international Christian Eriksen has made quite a name for himself during his last few seasons at Ajax, in the Netherlands. The talented young midfielder has attracted the attention of many top class teams, including Liverpool.
While the player seems content for the moment to grow his game at the Amsterdam Arena, I expect it to be not much longer before he makes a move.
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Liverpool were thought to have agreed a fee with Olympique Lyon for the signature and transfer of defender Aly Cissokho this summer.
However, the Reds opted to sign Jose Enrique and wait on Cissokho. With Liverpool wanting to continuing to build up their defensive selection base, the Reds could be back come January.
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Coloccini is believed to be a major target for the January transfer window, as the Reds are still wishing for another strong defender to call upon in the center of the two fullbacks.
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Although it is one of the most unlikely of all the Reds transfers, a move for Lille's Eden Hazard is still a possibility.
His playmaking ability is something that could be the envy of all of the major clubs looking to add skill on their attacking sides.
However, the possibility of his transfer costing in the upwards of £30m to £40m plus will make any club have to figure out what they can afford.
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Adam Johnson is by far one of, if not the, best transfer target that is rumored to be heading to Liverpool. The second choice wide player could fill a role for the Reds that only has one real player in Stewart Downing.
Johnson has seven appearances for the Citizens scoring three goals and providing a single assist. With more time on the pitch he could possibly be even more affective.