Champions League football means extra games for Liverpool next year. Here are some of the names that are being linked with moves to Anfield as they try to prove that last year was not a ‘one off’ campaign.
Liverpool have already secured the services of Rickie Lambert and Emre Can. They look set to follow that up by signing Adam Lallana, provided another deal can be sorted between Liverpool and Southampton. Brendan Rodgers is now being linked with more big names as the transfer market begins to gain momentum.
Liverpool had a great season last year but they will need more players to strengthen their squad. They will have a significant number of extra games this season. As good as last season was, their squad was relatively thin and a lot of things went in their favour. For example, it will be very hard for Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez to both replicate their goal scoring exploits and new faces will be needed in all positions.
The defense was the weakest part of the Liverpool side last season as they conceded far too many goals. It may be of concern that they are yet to make a move or even be linked with any defensive players. Mexico goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, has been linked with a lot of clubs including Liverpool.
Ochoa was outstanding for Mexico in their 0-0 draw with Brazil, hence all the speculation. He is also a free agent and should have a wealth of options if his form continues in Brazil. Simon Mignolet was a big money move to Anfield last year so it will be interesting to see if Rodgers sees the need to reassess his goalkeeping options.
Left-back appears to be another area that Rodgers is looking to strengthen. Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno has been touted as a target for a number of weeks and The Daily Mail are reporting that talks have stalled. Their suggestion is that Rogers will turn his attention to Wolfsburg left-back, Ricardo Rodriguez. He is a 21 year-old Switzerland international who impressed last season.
The biggest name linked with a move to Anfield is another Swiss international, Bayern Munich winger, Xherdan Shaqiri. German tabloid Bild has reported that Liverpool are ready to test the resolve of Bayern Munich with a €20 million bid. He is a big talent who may find his opportunities limited at the Allianz Arena due to their luxury of options in midfield. He is one of Europe’s most exciting prospects and would be a real coup for Liverpool.
Overall, it is exciting times for the Anfield club. They can sense a return to the glory days and this transfer window will be a real statement of their ambition.
Sean Cremin, Pundit Arena
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