Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to add new faces to the squad in January and FootballTips.com’s Matthew Glazier considers potential signings for the Reds
Kenny Dalglish is proving to be a difficult act to follow for Brendan Rodgers. Not because the Scot was particularly successful during his eighteen-month stint at Anfield, although a string of expensive failed signings has left Dalglish’s successor picking up the pieces.
Rodgers has tried to repair the damage by finding new homes for Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam, although Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole remain on the books despite the Liverpool manager considering them surplus to requirements as part of his long-term vision for the club.
Owners FSG have made it clear that any new signings in January will have to be funded by player sales and we look at five potential players that would help Liverpool to start climbing the table.
Demba Ba – Newcastle United
The rumours refuse to go away on this one and Liverpool are crying out for a striker to ease the burden on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan is the only player that can reliably score goals for the Reds and the fact that Ba has a release clause in his contract at Newcastle means that the forward could be open to an Anfield switch. Perhaps Alan Pardew could be looking to get Downing as part of the deal?
Charlie Austin – Burnley
Three years ago, Austin was playing for non-league Poole Town. Now the 23-year-old is scoring for fun at Burnley, having managed 33 goals in 60 games since arriving at Turf Moor in 2011. He’s one of the brightest young prospects outside the Premier League and perhaps Rodgers can persuade the player to buy into his long-term vision at Anfield.
Adam Lallana – Southampton
At 24, the Saints left winger has a bright future ahead of him and the player has appeared for the England Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 teams. Prising him away from Southampton in January wouldn’t be too easy although his performance in the Premier League thus far suggest he could bolster Liverpool’s attacking options right now. He’s scored 37 goals in 175 games for the Saints and also provides more assists than anyone else.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Tottenham Hotspur
Rodgers was pipped to Sigurdsson’s signature in the summer when the Icelander decided to join Tottenham instead, although the arrival of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele means that the former Swansea midfielder spends more time on the substitute’s bench when it comes to Premier League matches. Perhaps there’s a chance for Liverpool to secure the 23-year-old’s services on loan, having been successful during his time at the Liberty Stadium with Rodgers.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
It seems like the world and his wife are chasing the latest player to receive a senior England call-up and maybe Liverpool will lose out to a club with more financial clout when it comes to a transfer fee and salary. Zaha has been described as unplayable by Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway and his displays in the Championship this season suggest the 20-year-old could be a superstar in years to come. However, Rodgers might be able to make first-team assurances which would see the forward choose Liverpool over other top-flight clubs.