The NESV are seeking to put their money where their mouth is in terms of rebuilding Liverpool and making it into a competitive force once more. It’s rumoured that NESV’s cash injection should see a projected £30 million transfer kitty for Roy Hodgson (or whoever is in charge at the time) to spend in the January transfer window and during the summer. Many Liverpool fans are uncomfortable with the prospect of Roy Hodgson being in charge of such a large amount of cash with such an important bearing on Liverpool’s future. So I open it up to you, Liverpool fans – if you were in charge, which players would you go after in the oncoming transfer windows to help make Liverpool competitive once more?
My first move would be to shore up Liverpool’s defence. For all the loyal services Jamie Carragher has given to the club, this season has seen him somewhat exposed. You can’t help but feel that Liverpool misses the likes of Sami Hyypia and that a little extra competition in the defensive positions would do the whole team good. It’s here that Roy Hodgson could come in handy as he could utilise his contacts with old club Fulham to snatch up Brege Hangeland. It’s true that Hangeland signed a new deal with Fulham last year that would see him stay at the club until 2013, but given his previous relationship with Hodgson, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Roy to tempt him to a move to Liverpool. He’s a lad with great aerial ability and good physical strength that doesn’t come at the expense of pace or passing ability. He’s calm under pressure and could be a good signing for Liverpool.
A more attacking option could be Charles N’Zogbia, who would set Liverpool back around £8-9 million. N’Zogbia’s form seems to come and go, but at the right club you can’t help but feel that he could make a name for himself. Indeed, after an impressive year at the DW Stadium, N’Zogbia has forced himself into the French international side. Another, more expensive option would be to go after Villa’s Ashley Young. It’s known that Young is seeking to have an escape-clause written into his new contract so that if Tottenham come in for him in the future, he can leave the club. Could Young be persuaded to join Liverpool instead? If not, Liverpool could make a sweep for Tottenham’s own David Bentley. Sure, he’s had problems in the past with his attitude, but he’s also displayed a great deal of talent.
I’d also seek a player in the Sissoko/Mascherano mould. This is a tricky position to fill – there simply aren’t that many players out there who are both talented enough and willing to do this kind of job. Real Madrid may be unwilling to give him up, but I’d be tempted to take a punt on Lassana Diarra. Despite it being reported in the summer that Real Madrid had transfer listed Diarra, Mourinho opted to include Diarra in his starting line-up for the season. Still, if Real Madrid could be persuaded, he would be a wonderful purchase. He has great physical strength, bundles of energy and excellent ball control. He’s also highly versatile and could be used to plug any gaps in the Liverpool team that arise as a result of injury.
If you had Roy’s £30 million transfer kitty who would you sign? Do you agree or disagree with my takes?
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