We’re down to the last few weeks of this summer’s transfer window, and while many teams have concluded their business early, there are still a few players that managers believe are the missing piece to their tactical jigsaw.
Last season we saw Man United boss David Moyes make a last minute panic buy for former player Marouane Fellaini, and it proved to be a massive flop.
For Liverpool, they will mainly need to fill the hole left by Luis Suarez, but should really take their time in considering their options before making a last minute purchase.
Here are SIX PANIC BUYS Liverpool should avoid this summer.
The AC Milan star hasn’t had the best of years with the Serie A giants, finishing an underwhelming 8th place in the Italian top flight.
And after another unimpressive World Cup, the former Manchester City star has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Liverpool a mooted option.
Like Suarez himself, Balotelli is never far away from the limelight but unlike the feisty Uruguayan, ‘Super Mario’ is not yet the finished article that will score 30+ league goals for the Reds.
He is more trouble than he is worth… which is around £20million.
Liverpool fans are a bit disappointed that Danish defender Daniel Agger is set to leave the club this summer, but they should avoid purchasing an almost like-for-like replacement.
Thomas Vermaelen is on the same boat as Agger… but at Arsenal. The Belgian is looking to leave the Emirates after an injury-plagued campaign last season… and it would be a mistake for Rodgers to bring Vermaelen to Liverpool.
With Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, and Kolo Toure all already vying for a starting berth, Vermaelen will find it even tougher to break into the first team compared to Arsenal.
It is quite clear that Liverpool are desperately seeking a striker to ease the loss of Suarez, but it would be unwise to sign their FOURTH Southampton player in Jay Rodriguez.
Rodriguez definitely has the ability to score goals (15 league goals last season), but what the Reds require at the moment is a player capable of producing a goal out of nothing… a player that will step up in the big games in the league as well as in Europe.
Rodriguez is also not a pure striker, mostly cutting in from the wings and in the end will fight for a place with the likes of Lazar Markovic, Raheem Sterling, and Adam Lallana.
The Barcelona ace is set to depart the Nou Camp this summer, and Liverpool has been rumoured to be a possible destination.
But with the loan signing of Javier Manquillo, Brendan Rodgers will not need to splash the cash on the Brazilian who is no longer in the prime of his career.
Glen Johnson may have had a poor campaign last year (as well as an extremely bad pre-season tour), but given Manquillo’s presence we could see the rebirth of the Englishman to make the right-back position his own.
And if Glen continues to disappoint, then Manquillo looks very capable of taking over.
Mauro Icardi is the traditional number-9 striker, looking for balls into the box and usually an adept finisher. A former Barcelona youngster, the Argentine now plies his trade with Inter Milan scoring nine goals in only 23 appearances.
And although Icardi is a natural goalscorer, the 21-year-old has the capability to create chances as well… and would fit Liverpool’s system quite nicely.
However Icardi’s £17million price tag is not worth the gamble for Rodgers, as the money can be spent on a more prolific and experienced hitman… especially with the Champions League on the horizon.
Although there is no doubting Wilfried Bony’s goal-scoring abilities, the 25-goal Ivorian is not the player that suits Brendan Rodgers high pressing system.
Bony prefers to receive the ball and hold it up, waiting to lay it off for his team-mates with his back to goal.
The Swansea star fits the perfect possession based team, but without the ball Bony is not the man to put pressure on the opponents’ defenders… something Luis Suarez did extremely well last season.
If Rodgers cannot find himself a suitable replacement for Suarez, he may as well keep Fabio Borini. The Italian may not be as talented as the Uruguayan, but he will chase every ball and chip in with the goals as well.