Liverpool look set for a big summer transfer window, but it feels like we say that almost every year. The Reds have been caught in a cycle of investing in quantity over quality, drafting in a raft of over-hyped players and seeing if they’ll sink or swim at Anfield.
So with Jurgen Klopp looking to rebuild the club as a European powerhouse, would Liverpool be better off targeting players already tried and trusted on Merseyside? With that in mind, we asked Reds fans earlier this week to vote for which former chargers they’d like to see back at Liverpool this summer.
The results of our exclusive poll are now in, so here’s a rundown of the top three.
He may have become a shadow of his former world-class self after leaving Liverpool for Chelsea, drawing plenty of calls of treachery in the process, but perhaps due to Liverpool’s lack of out-and-out striker options this season, Reds fans voted Fernando Torres third in our poll. Admittedly, a return to Atletico Madrid has gone some way to reviving the Spaniard’s career, netting 19 times in 69 La Liga appearances for Diego Simeone’s side. With much change expected at Atletico this summer, could Torres make a shock return to Merseyside?
Goalkeeper has been another problem position for Liverpool this season, with neither Loris Karius nor Simon Mignolet particularly convincing as the Reds’ No.1. Our poll suggests Liverpool fans see former charger Pepe Reina as a potential solution; errors entered the Spaniard’s game after a number of consistent seasons at Anfield but he’s been more than solid between the sticks for Napoli over the last two years. Aged 34, the shot-stopper still has a few years left at top level.
Liverpool only got three full seasons out of Javier Mascherano before he was whisked away by Barcelona, where the Argentina international has gone on to lift two Champions League titles and four La Liga titles – in addition to reaching the World Cup final with his country in 2014. Unquestionably a top-class talent at centre-back and in midfield, its no surprise to see the South American claim top spot in our poll. No longer a guaranteed starter at the Nou Camp and on the verge of entering the final two years of his contract, a return to Anfield this summer may not be as ridiculous as it initially seems.