There have been a couple of big rumours this weekend regarding Liverpool and potential midfield signings. And no, we’re not talking about Andrea Pirlo. We’re talking about Mateo Kovacic and Geoffrey Kondogbia.
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While we’re yet to spot anything concrete in terms of making an offer for someone, Brendan Rodgers is clearly beginning to ramp up his interest in potential targets ahead of the summer transfer window.
Steven Gerrard has just a couple of games to go ahead of his move to LA Galaxy and it seems a near certainty that someone will come in before the start of next season to take his place. Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Emre Can are the only other senior names currently on the books and we’ll surely be after some strength in depth.
Here are the top six candidates we’d like to see us go for…
Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma)
The 25-year-old Bosnian is one of the most renowned playmakers in world football. Since joining the Italian club in 2011 he’s helped move them up the Serie A table, culminating in last year’s second place finish, and won the chance to shine on the European stage. He’s played 139 games, scoring 18 goals. There are question marks over his mentality and his attitude (via the Mirror), although it appears that’s partly down to frustration at his side’s lack of progress. It would be interesting to see how he’d adapt to the much quicker nature of the Premier League.
James Milner (Manchester City)
A free agent at the end of the season and comfortably the cheapest potential addition for us on this list. The versatile 29-year-old who can also play out wide and in a more attacking role through the middle, has played 144 league games since joining City in 2010, winning the league twice. He has 53 caps for England and is on the hunt for first-team football. While he might have to put up with being moved around quite a lot, we could see him playing a fairly major role at Anfield for a couple of seasons. It’s a short-term solution, but he’s better than no one.