FIVE Isco alternatives for Liverpool to consider

Despite having invested over £100m in their first-team squad over the summer, Liverpool are already being linked with a host of players ahead of the January transfer window. Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a below par start to the campaign, with the swashbuckling attacking displays produced as they ran close to a first ever Premier League title a distant memory for most fans.

With goals at a premium at Anfield, attacking additions are being mooted, and Isco of Real Madrid is a name that’s been mentioned. The Spaniard is, however, happy at Real Madrid where he flits in and out of the first-team, which may prevent the Reds from making a move for him. But who else is out there? We at FFC Towers have made up a little list for Rodgers to use…



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Marek Hamsik

Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

Liverpool are rumoured to be tracking Hamsik, with reports from the player’s homeland, Slovakia, having claimed that contact with his representatives has already been made. The Napoli man has been one of Serie A’s top performers for some time, but with the club struggling this term, major changes are expected in Naples. Hamsik could be one of the stars sacrificed if offers of around £20m are received, and there’s little doubting that Liverpool could use his powers.

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As the stats show, the Eastern European ace has been vital in Napoli’s attacking play through much of his time there. In 2012/13 he notched an impressive 11 goals from midfield, while his levels of assists have been decent in Serie A and the Champions League since 2009.

Roberto Firmino

Hoffenheim’s Brazilian star was a real revelation last season in Germany, leading to links with a host of top clubs across Europe. Liverpool were in the mix, but there interest never became concrete, yet that could change now. Firmino notched a staggering 16 goals from an attacking midfield position while weighing in with 11 assists, all of which came in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim are rumoured to be ready to sell for around £20m, which could make the South American a wise purchase for the Reds given their current lack of inspiration going forwards.

Marco Reus

Reus seems to be the one player all Liverpool fans want. Even Jamie Carragher has suggested that the German attacker would be the star he’d most like to see coming to Anfield in one of the upcoming transfer windows, and it’s clear to see why he’s so highly rated.

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The 25-year-old has been an absolute goals and assists machine since breaking through at Borussia Monchengladbach, with his on 18 Bundesliga efforts in 2011/12 having earned him a big move to Dortmund. Reus’ release clause situation – A £20m fee kicks in at the end of the campaign – may see him leave for around £25m-£30m in January, which could tempt Liverpool.

Yevhen Konoplyanka


Konoplyanka seemed to be the player Liverpool wanted above all others at the start of 2014, but a botched effort to land him in January was not followed up over the summer during the Reds’ transfer splurge. The Ukrainian ace is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, with speculation suggesting that he’s ready to leave Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in his homeland after growing frustrated.

Italian and German sides are keen, but with Liverpool having agreed a contract with him earlier this year they would appear to have a great chance of snapping him up if they decide to meet his club’s valuation – which may fall way below £10m as his deal ticks towards expiry.

Christoph Kramer

Christoph Kramer

A different type of player to Isco, Kramer could be the mould of star Liverpool really do need. The Borussia Monchengladbach enforcer has been impressive over the course of the last year for his club side, and really rose to prominence when handed a shock start in the World Cup Final for Germany.

With Steven Gerrard’s legs slowing down a long-term holder is needed at Anfield, and Kramer could fit the bill. A number of other clubs are interested, but the Merseysiders would be able to offer the 23-year-old regular action.