Liverpool FC Transfers: 7 January Targets to Guarantee a Top-Four Finish
As I sat around thinking about the content of this article following the request to write it, the actual size of task became rather daunting.
The word guarantee really ought not to be there because a lot of things in life aren't guaranteed and that counts for double in the world of football. If Liverpool signed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, would that guarantee them a top-four finish? I certainly don't think so.
Would it give them an excellent chance? Certainly, but there's still no guarantee.
So to the list. Do I include players that there is no chance of signing? Or do I try to take a realistic approach?
If I take the latter, the guarantee seems less certain in my eyes and thus becomes no guarantee at all.
If I name whoever I like, the list would be fun but ultimately pointless.
Realism it is then—well as real as real gets in terms of transfer gossip!
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I've mentioned Mats Hummels time a many on B/R, and I think he would be perfect for Liverpool.
Carragher is reaching the end of his career, Agger is too injury-prone to not have cover and for me Skrtel isn't of the required standard if we really want to progress as a club.
Coates is the future of Liverpool if he progresses as expected, but if we want to be up there with the best, then we need three top-notch centre-backs.
Hummels and Agger, with Coates waiting in the wings, would be my preference for the future.
David Villa is a pipe dream for many people and perhaps he would only become a realistic target in the summer assuming that we had managed to qualify for the Champions League.
Nonetheless, it seems he might be available or unsettled and he certainly has the pedigree to play in the Premier League.
His age would have to be considered for longevity and the fee Barcelona would demand, but Liverpool desperately need some cover for Suarez.
Strange things happen in football, so whilst this is perhaps one of the most far-fetched rumours, only a handful of people know for sure what enquiries have been made.
Gonzalo Higuain might also be a little far-fetched, but the rumours are there for all to read.
There's no denying that Gonzalo Higuain isn't first choice at Real Madrid, so why not make a move for him?
Higuain is a lot younger than Villa and therefore would offer better longevity and value for money, assuming he could handle life in the Premier League.
Whilst I agree that Lucas Leiva was our man of the match against Manchester City at the weekend, I still don't think he is anything close to being as good as Javier Mascherano was.
With that in mind, I'd look to strengthen that position with Mamadou Sakho. According to the Daily Mail, he would cost £20 million.
Liverpool do not have any pace or flair down the right-hand wing, and Jordan Henderson just isn't ready to fill that gap.
Those calling for Glen Johnson to be pushed further forward clearly don't rate his defensive capabilities, but what evidence is there of him making the grade as a winger?
Keeping in tune with the right-wing dilemma, two options are better than one.
With previously mentioned Gaston Ramirez preferring the left wing, Eden Hazard is another great choice.
Hazard is currently plying his trade at French Ligue 1 side Lille, and some believe he will become part of a cash-plus-player deal involving Liverpool's Joe Cole.
Regardless, Lille have named their desired price, making him available if we can afford him.
This is one I'm throwing out there and I'm sure there might be a mixed reaction.
Chelsea would surely take a little money in January rather than nothing in the summer. All that would remain to be sorted would be his hefty wage demands.
Granted, he's past his best, but he is still a lot better than some of the other Premier League strikers around and would bag double-figures easily with the service Liverpool could provide.
It's a short-term fix, but I really don't see why we wouldn't be interested. Drogba's wages surely won't be so extortionate in comparison to any other big name we try to sign, and despite losing a yard of pace over the last season, he still carries an aerial and physical threat with more mobility than Andy Carroll.
A boost to the Champions League is what we want, perhaps then we can look to attract other top players that will provide longer service to the club.
Just a thought!
As I reflected on the finished article, one thing I think people don't consider when reading is that one man's reality is another's dream.
What I mean by that is simple. David Villa to me is an extremely unlikely purchase for Liverpool, but to someone else he may be odds-on favourite.
99 percent of people who are reading this don't actually have a clue who's coming and going at Anfield until it's in the newspapers and splashed all over the headlines.
These are just some thoughts of mine, and I consider myself part of the 99 percent.
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