With the January transfer window just around the corner and Liverpool sitting at sixth in the table, more signings are bound to come as Dalglish will look to strengthen his squad in anticipation of the tough months ahead. Damian Comolli has made it a priority to rebuild the squad with youth. Of his nine major signings, only two have been over the age of 25, but Liverpool have struggled to score this season, and expectations are that Dalglish will make a move to sign a striker in the January transfer window. Luis Suarez has been suspended for eight games pending an appeal, and Andy Carroll has not performed nearly as well as hoped since completing an estimated £35 million transfer in January.
For those who are unaware of the stark facts, LFC have played 18 games, had 330 shots (the highest in the English Premier League) of which 100 were on target, including a shocking 18 shots against the woodwork. Yet LFC have only scored 21 goals. Most teams average a goal every 10 shots, and some of the better teams average 1 goal in 5 shots. So by those stats LFC should have scored between 30 and 60 goals.
If it wasn’t for the EPL lowest tally of “goals against”, we would be 16th not 6th, so the defence does not need attention, but the midfield and forwards do, most specifically a goal scorer. I say scorer because as exciting as Luis Suarez is, he has had 75 shots, but only scored 5 goals, one of the worst accuracy records in the EPL.
So bearing this in mind I have focussed only on attacking players, and although I believe LFC will pay big money, they will not stretch to 35 MM or even over 25 MM in January as this window is notoriously over priced. As there are so many rumours around this time, I have split this article into 2 parts. Part 1 is those that are likely to happen. Part 2 is those that are unlikely. This might seem pointless, but just skip part 2 if you are not interested. For those of you who want to know how much truth there is to a rumour, part 2 might help, but I am not more reliably informed than any other LFC fan on the internet. However it can be exciting to see some of the names associated with LFC during the silly season (January)
Lukas Podolski 15 MM
Podolski is similar in many ways to Robin Van Persie, and I would imagine he would do very well in the English Premier League. He hasn’t been widely- linked to Liverpool and Arsenal are believed to be favourites to secure his signature His goal scoring record for the German national team is a very impressive 43 goals in 95 games. That becomes even more impressive when you consider that in roughly 30 of those games he has played as a left winger. This season Podolski is scoring a rate of almost a goal each game.
Roberto Soldado, Valencia CF, £15 million
Having come through the ranks at Real Madrid, Soldado has averaged just under one goal in every two games throughout his professional career which dates back to 2002. At only 26 years of age, Soldado has an exceptional amount of experience, and he is clearly a player who has learnt something new in each season because he continues to evolve and re-invent himself. Liverpool have been linked with Soldado on a couple of occasions over the last few months and with Valencia’s history of selling players if the price is right, an offer of £15 million could see him arrive on Merseyside
Alvaro Negredo, Sevilla FC, £15 million
Negredo is one of the most under-rated striker in Europe at the moment and would make a fantastic addition to the Liverpool team. He offers everything you could want in a striker with his quality hold-up and link-up play, as well as incredible finishing ability. Negredo has been linked with Liverpool a number of times over the last three years and were those links to finally lead to a move in January, Liverpool would have captured a great talent who would score a lot of goals in the Premier League. (Would the whole LFC squad get banned for saying the N word if he joined the squad?)
Marco Reus, Borussia Mönchengladbach, £18 million
With his lightning pace, creativity, passing ability and finishing ability, Reus really possesses all the traits to become a top-class striker. He’s also young and his potential still outweighs his existing performance level, which is a scary thought for anyone who has to play against him on a regular basis over the next decade. Reus has been linked with Liverpool on and off for about a year now
Ezequiel Lavezzi, S.S.C. Napoli, £18 million
With AC Milan now looking the most likely destination for Tevez, I would suggest that Lavezzi is the ideal alternative. With all the hype that surrounds Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, Lavezzi is often overlooked when people talk about Napoli’s fantastic attack, but those who overlook him are missing out on a very special player. Lavezzi might just be the best dribbler in world football not named Lionel Messi, and he’s no slouch in front of goal either when opportunities present themselves. Lavezzi has been linked to Liverpool a number of times in the past, initially under Rafa Benitez but also since Plus Chilean Eduardo Vargas has just moved to Napoli
Leandro Damiao, Internacional, £20 million
Damiao is a natural goalscorer with excellent pace and a lot of skill who would likely fit in perfectly alongside Suarez and give Liverpool the finisher they have been so sorely lacking this season. Damien Comolli is believed to have scouted him on a number of occasions, and Liverpool are continuously being linked with him
Lucas Ocampos, River Plate,
It’s hard to know what to believe about Liverpool’s alleged pursuit of Argentine teenager Lucas Ocampos. The Mail Online reports that River Plate will not allow the 17-year-old striker to leave Argentina in January. But a few weeks ago, River Plate reportedly told Liverpool and Chelsea to bid on Ocampos. So Ocampos might or might not be available in January. And Liverpool might or might not be interested.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kiev
The 22-year-old has scored 40 goals in 119 appearances for Kiev, not to mention six goals in 17 games for the International side. Yarmolenko can operate up front or on the winger meaning his versatility would appeal to Kenny Dalglish and is reportedly available for £10m.
Teófilo Gutiérrez, Racing Club De Avellaneda
Teó has scored 19 goals in 33 games in the Primera División and could be worth a punt. Would probably be buyable for £8 million. The Colombian, who has scored five goals in 15 appearances for his country, has been in fine form ever since joining Racing from Trabzonspor for £1 million.