From the euphoric highs of last season, a real sense of realism has hit home at Anfield already in the current campaign. Sans Luis Suarez, Liverpool have really struggled so far this term, with the performance during the uninspiring 0-0 draw with Hull City over the weekend some way from the razor-sharp showings produced last term on a weekly basis.
In modern football it’s always easy to suggest signings to solve problems, and although this isn’t a sure-fire method of turning things around, the Reds could benefit from a major lift. Brendan Rodgers still has cash to spend after a relatively frugal (well, in terms of net spend) summer, meaning that funds are in place for a big name.
So who could the Northern Irishman go for? Here are FIVE ‘statement signings’ for Liverpool to consider…
This deal could be the ultimate signal of intent from the Reds in January. The German attacker is currently one of the most sought after players in world football, and could be available in January for around £30m. A host of big names are after the Dortmund man, but Liverpool’s guarantees of first team action are rumoured to be attractive to the player, who is not keen to leave his homeland to sit on the bench.
Brendan Rodgers’ side need goals after a poor start to the season, and with Luis Suarez gone, there really is a slot open for a marquee man to arrive. Reus could be just that, and this recent goal scored in Champions League action shows just how good he is!
Although not quite up there with the likes of Reus, Berahino’s arrival could send out a real message in English football. The West Brom ace has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this term with seven goals in nine outings, prompting talk of a big move. With his return having been so impressive, the Baggies are rumoured to be after at least £25m-£30m for their man, and Liverpool could blow the cash to beat rivals such as Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal to the highly-rated striker. He looks to be improving week-in-week-out, and could form an exciting partnership with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling as part of a fluid front three.
Manchester United chased the Chilean all summer only to see their pursuit end in disappointment, but since the Juventus midfield ace has seen his future plunged into doubt. A nightclub incident resulted in a hefty fine and criticism from Juve legends, which has prompted talk that the £35m rate ace is no longer ‘unsellable’.
With Steven Gerrard’s decline now a genuine worry at Anfield, Vidal could be the ideal man to replace the Kop skipper long-term. Although not an orthodox holding player, the 27-year-old is dangerous from a deeper position, using his energy, commitment and raw power to contribute defensively and offensively in equal measure.
Arsenal are being tipped to add the Barcelona attacker to their already swelling squad, but Liverpool are also in the hunt. Luis Suarez’s arrival at the Camp Nou from Anfield appears to have severely dented ‘Pedrito’s’ chances of first-team action, with the Uruguayan expected to be part of a first choice front three with Lionel Messi and Neymar on a regular basis.
Pedro is an impressive performer with his record in recent seasons arguably worth more praise than it’s garnered. Talk of a £25m valuation has been doing the rounds, placing him firmly in Liverpool’s ballpark.
With the Mario Balotelli experiment already being deemed a disaster, a new striker to come in and score the goals Liverpool have been missing is already the basis of January rumours. Higuain is one of a host of players to be linked with Merseyside, and it’s fair to say that his capture would be a signal of intent.
Through his career the Argentine has averaged around a one in two strike rate, suggesting that he has what it takes to finish off chances when set up. With Brendan Rodgers’ side possessing plenty of creative spark, and active striker making good runs could be the remedy to their woes.