Reds could secure a number of very good players on free transfers providing they don’t extend their current deals…
The Liverpool Echo has compiled a list of 22 players all of whom have contracts expiring at the end of the season.
As a result, we could sign them on a Bosman free transfer come January, meaning they’d arrive at the end of the season – or even sign them permanently in January for a likely reduced fee.
We’ve ranked them from 22-1 in order of how good a free transfer signing these stars would be for the Reds.
22) Danny Ings (Burnley)
Doesn’t have the ability to transform Liverpool’s fortunes in attack, unfortunately.
21) Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus)
Once highly rated, the atomic flea would likely struggle to adapt to the Premier League because he’s so lightweight, and has poor work-rate. Not an improvement on what we already have.
20) Stefan Reinartz (Bayer Leverkusen)
The German can do a solid job in either defence or midfield, but excels in neither.
19) Yohann Gourcuff (Lyon)
Hugely talented, but a horrendous injury record is why Lyon are unlikely to renew his contract, and why we probably shouldn’t sign him either.
18) Ignazio Abate (AC Milan)
No fuss Italian right-back who’s been with AC Milan his entire career. A slight improvement on Glen Johnson, perhaps.
17) Maxi Pereira (Benfica)
Similar to Abate. Decent addition for the short-term, but we should be aiming higher.
16) Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
Rated so much more highly since the World Cup, Vlaar is a terrific leader and very powerful. Wouldn’t be a blockbuster signing, but could be an astute one.