Top 5 Liverpool Transfer Targets
Now that news has broken of Rodgers’ confirmed safety at the club, many associated with Liverpool will be turning to the more exciting side of the summer; transfers. Specifically, asking the question, who might be coming in this year?
There is of course a huge difference between who fans want and who the club gets, but here are 5 players Liverpool should look at bringing in, and mainly in cases where they have a chance of doing so.
Staying in the Premier League a little longer, Danny Ings is another player who falls into the same bracket as Milner; English, hardworking, but not perhaps (yet) a game changer at a top club like Liverpool. All the same, a move for Danny Ings would certainly go down as good business from Liverpool: it’s been no secret Liverpool struggled for goals this season, and inexperienced as he may be, Ings will bring goals. Again, Ings would demand a minimal fee, more than likely simply a tribunal free to take him to Anfield from Turf Moor.
No, he’s not one of the most exciting names in world football. But yes, he is the type of player Liverpool should be looking for; to some extent talented, but more important someone who will be whole-heartedly committed to the cause. This is evidenced by reports surfacing the England international has already turned down Manchester City’s illustrious offer to take a place in the Liverpool first team. Additionally, as much as it hurts to think, James Milner is the calibre of players the Reds can now attract. Not a top player, but most teams would like him in the squad – perhaps not so much in the first team however. And that’s the worrying factor here: he hasn’t even signed yet (although it looks increasingly likely that he will) and people are expecting him not only to take a place in the first team, but perhaps even as captain. So, whilst Milner would be a far from bad signing – especially as a free transfer – he is certainly not the marquee signing the owners of the club perhaps think he is.
A name perhaps some will be unfamiliar with; Vietto is an Argentine striker playing in Spain at the moment. Whilst those may be the only two features he shares with Messi, it would appear that the youngster is making a name for himself. With a serious turn of pace and an eye for goal, he has all the traits you could hope for in a younger striker. So is a potential young front line of Origi and Vietto on the cards for the reds next season? Perhaps, with reports that Liverpool had activated his release clause emerging early this week. Of each of the players mentioned so far, this would be perhaps the most exciting for Liverpool fans, many of whom still have a south-american striker shaped hole in their hearts.
12 months ago Luke Shaw was the full back everyone wanted to have; this year, (whilst maybe not to the same extent) it’s Clyne’s turn to be the talk of league. And having already had a bid rejected, it appears this year Liverpool may well be having a go at signing the Southampton fullback on everybody’s mind. Clyne would of course be an improvement on the likes of Johnson, but I feel there is a better option, and it’s not a player. Liverpool’s best form last season came after Christmas when Rodgers abandoned the full back system and played three at the back. So, whilst Clyne would be a good signing based on his quality, Liverpool’s confirmed pursuit of him is potentially more worrying than exciting; it raises the question of whether or not Rodgers learnt anything from the turmoil of this season.
But Vietto is not the only player who maybe has the potential to fill that space; Inter Milan front man Icardi was joint top scorer in Serie A last season, and has many clubs around Europe considering a move for his signature. Not only would he fill Suarez’ shoes in the way of a goal scorer, Icardi has a less than perfect disciplinary record. Notably, marrying then team mate Maxi Lopez’ recently divorced wife, before getting Lopez’ children tattooed on his arm, leading to an unsurprisingly tense game the next time the two met. So, ability and a fairly brutal attitude: the perfect signing for a Liverpool team still feeling the effects of losing Suarez.
So, that was list a of players Liverpool should consider going for or perhaps already have gone for, but what should also be noted are the players left off this list. Specifically, Lacazette (never going to happen) and Benteke (most Reds would rather pass on this one). Forgetting those two for now, the other options listed above are all I believe within reason, and all would add something to the squad.