Five Serie A stars Liverpool should sign in January

Liverpool have had a rather disappointing campaign, currently sitting ninth on the table and some way off their runners up finish last season.

Former Reds star Luis Suarez was a big reason for their previous success, and his departure has made an impact on Brendan Rodgers’ tactics to a greater extent than he would have initially expected.

And although the Anfield club spent almost £100million on transfers, the new players haven’t adapted quite yet with summer signing Mario Balotelli getting a lot of stick for his performances.

But although the former AC Milan ace is already considered a flop, could Brendan Rodgers dip into the Italian transfer market once again this January?

Here are FIVE Serie A stars Liverpool should sign in January.

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Mattia Destro

Mattia Destro has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea over the summer, and recently has also been courted by Arsenal.

However Liverpool have also entered the race, with the Italian striker not getting regular playing time with legendary Roman Francesco Totti ahead of him in the pecking order.

Destro is a clinical finisher as well as a player capable of holding the ball in the front line, perfect for Liverpool’s three-pronged attack with two wingers.

Paulo Dybala

Already compared to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala is making waves in the Italian Serie A with seven goals so far this season.

The little Argentine is good with the ball at his feet  and composed, but what makes him special is the lethal finishing showcased this season at Palermo.

At only 21 years of age, Dybala can only improve but if he can maintain his form then he could be a lethal winger in Brendan Rodgers’ set-up.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Lichtsteiner

Glen Johnson has been put under a lot of pressure by Reds fans the past season, and the England international looks set to depart the club with his contract ending this summer.

Liverpool will be in the market for a new right-back, and Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner will be an excellent replacement for Johnson.

The Swiss international was a major part of Juventus’ recent success playing at right-wingback, combining defensive discipline with the ability to push forward to help his more advanced team-mates.

Last season Lichtsteiner scored two goals, but provided an amazing eight assists from his position.

Mattia Perin

Another Liverpool player under a considerable amount of pressure is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has looked shaky after making a few disastrous errors.

And although manager Brendan Rodgers has backed his underperforming shot-stopper, the Belgian is likely to be dropped if a safer pair of hands comes in in January.

One of the names being mentioned is Genoa’s Mattia Perin, who at such a young age is already being considered the heir to the great Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian will however cost the Reds around £12million, but if he can build on his already amazing potential Liverpool won’t mind his price tag.

Nigel de Jong

De Jong

Liverpool are in dire need of a world-class defensive midfielder to control the game, with legendary captain Steven Gerrard ‘s influence slowly fading after each game.

A capable replacement is AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong, with the Dutchman performing brilliantly for AC Milan after missing a huge chunk of last season with a knee injury.

Although believed by many to be just an ‘enforcer’, the former Man City star is also composed on the ball and capable of picking out his team-mates from distance; bossing the midfielder and dictating play.

Liverpool would do well if they can sign the Netherlands international and with the Rossoneri strapped for cash, the Reds’ hierarchy could persuade De Jong to leave with an £8million bid.