Liverpool FC latest team news, transfer rumours roundup
Good news Liverpool fans – Brendan Rodgers is in the money, it’s official, and he’s willing to spend in the January market according to tittle-tattle from today’s back pages, but which areas must he focus on improving first..?
After a tedious lull the transfer gossip has rolled back in the Anfield door thanks to a huge war chest presented to boss Brendan Rodgers by the club’s owners, but one thing’s for sure – those pound notes will be put to better use than paying Andy Carroll’s wages.
The current health of the Liverpool side forced Rodgers to operate with one fit striker Luis Suarez, who thankfully found form in good time, however the fast-tracking of youth teamsters was always a temporary measure and now Rodgers will surely look to bring in options to support the Uruguayan.
“Everyone sees that we need to add that goal threat to the team,” Rodgers said.
“It will always be the case that I’ll be able to bring in the players of my choice. Obviously there’ll be money available to do that in January.
“The scouting team are out there now compiling lists and looking at targets that we can hopefully bring in.
“If they are affordable and available then hopefully we can bring in that support that can help the group.
“I’m confident of that. There will be one or two of our scouting network, along with myself, who will be looking at players.
“Whichever one of those players out of that group I want to go for, then we’ll do that.”
If Rodgers were to buy local and nab transfer targets from other Premier League clubs, the first name to be mentioned would be Demba Ba of Newcastle, who has publicly stated that he is not happy up north.
Rumours of Theo Walcott playing a similar game at Arsenal are still doing the rounds and any insiders believe the young winger will become transfer target number two wen the window opens.
A suitable third option foe the Reds could be Daniel Sturridge, who has seldom played for Chelsea this season, his confident style of play will sit well with Rodgers’ on-field strategy.
If Liverpool decide to bring in all three transfer targets it would call for some, swift negotiating and a contract totalizer of somewhere in the region of £40m, just over what they paid for last season’s flop Andy Carroll.