Although we left January with high spirits, (Despite losing one of our greatest ever strikers) last weeks draw against Wigan highlighted once again the frustrating element of Liverpool’s inability to claim goals in vital circumstances. Luis Suarez all but scored, he looked sharp especially when considered he had not played much football since December. He strikes a similarity to Carlos Tevez to me, looks busy, and gives everything he has, which is massively welcome. However Torres, Suarez, Carroll. Whatever strikers or forwards we have it seems to be insignificant without that imperative creativity within the middle and on the wings.
For the first time in a while we can look forward (I think we can anyway) to a full summer of decent transfers. Our owners have a philosophy of buying young, rather than older players, which I agree with… We should show intent this summer, in all we only spent 2 million in January, so money should be made available. Here is my wish list that I feel could make Liverpool a true force next season…
Hugo Lloris – Olympique Lyonnais
One thing we learned about Torres is that players lie and leave. Pepe Reina, worryingly has put clouds over his future, with Arsenal and even Man United as possible suitors. Hugo Lloris being the French National goalkeeper has also caught the attention of both these teams and if Reina goes he wouldn’t be a bad replacement. And we know Dalglish doesn’t wait long to draft in future stars.
Leighton Baines – Everton
A player I have massively admired since moving from Wigan to Everton. Without doubt the likely hood of this happening is very, very slim, if at all possible. Rumours he is a Liverpool fan have floated round, but I’ve heard he’s a blue. This would be as big a hatred as the one Rooney spawned if he were to come, and following this season he wouldn’t be cheap. Probably around 20 million. But what a signing he would be.
Filipe Luis – Athletico Madrid
In the likely event we don’t go for Baines another left back I have fallen for is Filipe Luis, he only joined Athelitco last summer and did cost around 12 million. But he is talented. An extremely energetic player who reminds me of a 2001/02 John Arne Riise. Strong at the back and technically talented going forward.
Nuri Sahin – Borussia Dortmand
We should get over him, but this could be the Alonso replacement. Vision and passing the man from Basque would be proud of. Papers suggest Man United are looking for him as a replacement for Scholes, but considering him and Giggs are some sort of cyborgs refusing to give up, that wouldn’t be happening anytime soon.
Charlie Adam – Blackpool
So nearly in January, and so nearly a Tottenham player (Thank God they were too late) Adam surely replaces Gerrard’s Roy of the Rovers tag. Single handedly at times keeping Blackpool in games. Hopefully Kenny will get his man this summer.
Ibrahim Afellay – Barcelona
Just like the ever loyal Mascherano, Afellay isn’t playing ever week. And apparently is disgruntled by this, fearing what happened to Hleb could happen to him. Unless things improve there he may move on. A player Camolli is very keen on.
Eden Hazard – Lille OSC
There’s competition of a massive scale. We could be easily out muscled by Chelsea, Madrid or Inter. But when he came to Anfield last season in the Europe League he apparently mentioned he was impressed by the culture of the club. That’s one thing that could give us the leg in his signature.
Connor Wickham – Ipswich Town
Surely nothing says strength like depth? If Suarez or Carroll get injured or even both, we are straight back were we started. I think Ngog tries the best he possibly can, but he just isn’t good enough. Wickham is raw talent, and is touted by all the top clubs as one for the future. Along with the emergence of Raheem Sterling and others, Wickham could be part of the next wave of English stars, and I wouldn’t complain if he arrived this summer.