Liverpool Transfer Targets: Rating the Latest Players Linked to Anfield
The summer transfer window isn't far away and the newspapers and agents are busy dreaming up stories.
Since Liverpool secured the Carling Cup, we've seen an increased amount of transfer speculation regarding the club.
Kenny Dalglish reportedly has his eyes on a number of potential targets as he looks to shore up certain positions in the side.
Striker, central midfield and central defence are the three positions that need shoring up most urgently and some of these links make perfect sense—positionally and financially.
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Liverpool may be set to double the amount of Suarez at Anfield by recruiting a young, gifted one called Matias.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the young Argentinian midfielder is on a number of club's radars and could be set for a big money move this summer.
Matias Suarez boasts versatility and skill to match, but may not fit Liverpool's primary needs this summer.
This all depends on how much longevity Kenny Dalglish can continue to squeeze out of Steven Gerrard's career and how, if at all, Jordan Henderson stamps his authority on the team.
Javi Martinez is firmly on the radar of Premier League clubs, despite the player himself warning that he's not worth the £33 million price tag on his shoulders.
He comes up against Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League and it will be a great chance to run the rule over him.
He's a fantastic box to box or defensive midfielder who can even fill in on the back line. He's a European U-21 Championships winner with Spain and great talent overall.
Charlie Adam has been...average. Recruiting Javi Martinez (who is on Liverpool's radar, according to The Daily Mail), would be like getting Xabi Alonso back.
Who? The guy who scored two UEFA Champions League goals against Bayer Leverkusen.
He's on the fringes of the Barcelona side and his contract is up at the end of the season. After his midweek performance, the Catalonian club could be considered mad not to retain him and he'd certainly be worth a punt for Liverpool (who was linked to him on February 23, via The Daily Mail).
Any player who's been brought up through the Barcelona academy and has exposure to the style of play the team utilises is worth their weight in gold as more and more teams seek to emulate them.
On the cheap, he could be an interesting and inspired acquisition.
With Barcelona's midfield simply bursting with talent, Seydou Keita could be shown the door.
An article written here on Bleacher Report makes the argument that the Catalans would be happy to offload him for £5 million considering their poor record of raking anything back when letting older players go.
As with Javi Martinez, Seydou Keita can play in a defensive role and anchor a midfield two or three. He's full of energy and works hard on the pitch. Like Christian Tello, his exposure to Barcelona's tiki-taka playing style has made him a tidy player well worth a go at £5 million.
Liverpool aren't the only ones in for Keita (Newcastle is as well, according to metro.co.uk) and he's going to be a good acquisition for someone if he moves on to pastures new.
The one-time Arsenal academy and reserve team captain now has Norwegian international caps to his name and has added versatility to his game.
Liverpool scouts have reportedly watched him (Sky Sports) and are considering a bid. It must be said he'd be a decent fit for Liverpool.
He's able to play central defender or defensive midfield, two positions the Reds could definitely look at shoring—either for depth or for quality.
Left till last not because he's the best, but because it's getting boring to talk about him.
We're at the point now where we can't wait for him to pick his preferred destination and move. Liverpool want to be well in the running for the Belgian star.
They've been quoted £43 million for the creative midfielder according to Kop Talk—that's a lot but Kenny Dalglish is reportedly set to receive another big summer transfer kitty having got the Reds back on the trophy trail.