Football FanCast guest columnist Ryan Revell feels that Benitez should look to secure the services of Muntari and Viera on short term loans in January.
£12m in this current transfer market is about as useful as a three-legged horse, especially in January when clubs look to benefit from clubs desperation and up the ante in terms of fees. It isn't going to go far and why I'm sure Rafa is thankful for the investment, in reality I'm sure he realises that he will be somewhat limited with what he can buy.
The loan market is the one that needs to be exploited and there is certainly some quality available. Players like Patrick Viera, Rafael van der Vaart and Sulley Muntari are likely to be available on loan, with the latter reportedly already in negotiations with Tottenham about a move. The Ghanaian in particular is a player that I think would be excellent at Anfield, given the versatility he brings and if I were Rafa I would look to hijack Spurs' loan move, even if it does mean he has to be cordial to his old adversary Jose Mourinho in order to facilitate it. I just think that in Muntari, Rafa would have a player who not only can play wide left, but can also adopt a central role if need be and provide that driving force and runner from midfield.
Patrick Viera is another player who, although his best years are behind him, could bring some great experience to the football club in the short term. The Frenchman has won everything in the game, both domestically and internationally and having the player who knows what it takes to win a Premier League title will prove invaluable around the place. I have thought for a long time now that the only thing that has stopped Liverpool winning the title is themselves mentally and therefore the presence of a three time winner can only be good for a squad that is devoid of any real winners domestically. Whether he would want to join Liverpool, with his former club Arsenal reportedly keen as well remains to be seen, but surely it is worth a punt.
So would Muntari and Viera be decent additions for Liverpool in January? I just feel with loan deals you really can't go wrong and even if it is just until the end of the season you cannot exactly lose out and both could really add genuine depth to a squad that is certainly threadbare when it comes to first team players. I don't feel we will be able to get much for £12m, therefore Rafa should look to loan deals as the way to cement our title push.