Rory Smith in the Daily Telegraph has revealed that Liverpool are looking at eight potential transfer targets in the January transfer window with the club willing to release funds for at least four of them this month. Out of the following eight, which ones would you take to Anfield?
Romelu Lukaku – A tremendously exciting 17 year old, powerful centre forward, the 6ft 3 Belgian international would be my first choice striker to partner Fernando Torres up front. A bid between £15-20m would be asked for by Anderlecht but due to his age, I have no problem in thinking that Fenway Sports Group would release the funds necessary for a player who has already played eight times for Belgium before his 18th birthday. Denoted the “New Didier Drogba,” he does have big expectations to live up to but although a big risk, I believe it would be one worth taking considering his all-round attributes, which seem perfectly fitted to the Premier League. Could really be an excellent foil for Torres.
Ashley Young – Still young and lightning quick, the Aston Villa midfielder is a winger we have been crying out for since the days of McManaman and Barnes. It is uncertain whether he could ever be as good as those two players, but with Aston Villa struggling in the league, and with the 25 year old only having a year left on his contract, the time is definitely right to test the waters with his Birmingham club.
Urby Emanuelson – A less clear cut decision this one, Emanuelson has spent most of his recent career at Ajax playing as a left winger. He has also however played at left back, and with Liverpool’s recent problems at left back, a move for a pacey, attack minded player such as the Dutch international could be an interesting prospect. Due to Emanuelson having played more as a winger than a full back though, his poor defensive abilities would be a concern. He was moved by Marco Van Basten in the 2008/09 season from left back to left midfield after some poor defensive displays, and hasn’t moved back since. He should probably be only considered for a left wing position then, and there are some better exponents in this list who should be priortised ahead of him.
Luis Suarez – Certainly a classy striker, but I have mentioned in a previous article my reservations about him. Still though, he had a good World Cup with Uruguay and if we can get him for the £15m-18m quoted, then it would be a steal in my opinion. That would be no foregone conclusion though as there would be many other teams interested in the player for that price.
Charles N’Zogbia – A fast, pacey left winger who can go past players and has a dangerous left foot, the Frenchman does have his good attributes. He has had a good 2010 with Wigan but I feel he needs to prove himself over a couple of seasons to merit the amount we would have to pay for him. A strong alternative to Ashley Young on the left side.
Eljero Elia – Another alternative to Young or N’Zogbia would be Hamburg’s Dutch international winger. From what I have seen of him in last summer’s World Cup, I was impressed with his pace and skill. He has gone off the boil this campaign with his German club though and Hamburg have quoted clubs a fee of £12.5million for his services.
Yann M’Vila – The Telegraph suggests that a deal could be put in place with Liverpool for the summer and the 20 year old Rennes defensive midfielder would be a great addition to the squad. We have missed a proper midfield destroyer since the departure of Javier Mascherano, and M’Vila, who is now a regular for France, would certainly fit the bill.
Sylvain Marveaux – The left winger/playmaker is available on a Bosman free transfer in the summer and was seen at Anfield for Liverpool’s match versus Wolves. Could be a useful squad player but would prefer the other wingers in the list above.