We all know Liverpool FC aren’t the football club that they used to be. Constant failure in the Premier League and a gradual decline from European competition shows how much of a decline has happened. Liverpool may need to re-shape their entire squad come January but this is a list of 10 players that manager Brendan Rodgers must sign in order for the club to challenge in one competition or another. The interesting thing about Liverpool is that it is the attacking areas which need improvement as players like Stewart Downing simply haven’t delivered. It’s obvious that Brendan Rodgers wants to play attacking and attractive football, therefore higher quality players are needed if he wants to seriously succeed at a club which was once considered as one of the greatest, and is unfortunately on a very slippy slope.
Another department that Liverpool seems to lack any serious creativity or spark in is central midfield. The void really hasn’t been filled by summer arrival Joe Allen who is often bullied off the ball and fails to affect the majority of games he plays in. Also with Lucas Leiva constantly plagued by injuries and the inexperienced Jonjo Shelvey often having to step in, there’s hardly a world class player in sight. After missing out on Clint Dempsey in the summer, January may be a vital month for the Reds and any acquisitions they get have to be up to a high standard or else Liverpool may find themselves looking into the abyss sooner rather than later.
So we’re suggesting 10 players with the potential to change games that Rodgers should consider in January.
1. Fernando Llorente
Everyone knows that Liverpool are short up front. With Andy Carroll shipped out to West Ham, Liverpool have only Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as their recognised strikers. It doesn’t help that Borini is currently injured so the need for another option in the striker role is there. Fernando Llorente is someone who is tall and psychical presence but can play at ease with the ball at his feet, this is due to Athletic Bilbao’s tried and tested passing style. Last year they had a fantastic season in the Europa League, knocking out Manchester United in the process and Llorente was one of the key players in their impressive season. He may also come on the cheap too because of his contract running out in the summer and recent fall out with Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa, Juventus failed to secure him and went for Bendtner instead so Liverpool could bag a real gem in January.
He’s a player who’s style could be compared to Andy Carroll and we all know how that turned out, but he’s more skillful and much better on the ball than Carroll and would seem an ideal partner for Luis Suarez should Rodgers want to play with two strikers up front.
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This article was first posted on December 23, 2012