Although this has been a pretty mediocre season for Liverpool, one positive point that the Reds can be optimistic about is that fact that after January, Liverpool have lost only two of their sixteen league games, indicating that the players have finally got accustomed to the playing style of Rodgers plus the signing of Coutinho and Sturridge has really helped them. Thus Liverpool can certainly look forward to break into the top four (or at-least give a competition) the next season and qualify for the Champions League. But for that they would certainly need to reinforce their team and sign some impact players who could guide them through. FSG have backed Rodgers in the past over dealings and I expect the same to happen this summer…. Albeit not to the extent of sanctioning £35m for an unproven player.
Here are three such players whom the club should consider in the transfer window and who can guide them to European glory.
The keeper’s situation in Liverpool is vulnerable with Pepe Reina being linked to Barcelona. Reina who has been quite fantastic (on his day) for the Kops could make a transfer to the Catalan club and Liverpool should not try to hold him back, provided they get the right amount of money and there plenty of keepers out there who can easily fit in the Spaniard’s place at Anfield.
In this situation, Asmir Begovic who has been one of the main reasons for Stoke’s impressive defensive display in the first half of the season should be brought to Anfield as a first choice keeper. The player has also shown interest to move away from Stoke who purchased one of the most promising keepers in the country, Jack Butland in January.
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SPGC = saves per goal conceded; S% = save percentage
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Hatem Ben Arfa
For a long time Liverpool have been chasing this Newcastle star and Rodgers holds this French midfielder in high regards. He could fit into Liverpool’s style of play with ease and also make their attack more formidable with his precise passes and shots. The only obstacle in Ben Arfa’s joining Liverpool may be his injury problems which have kept him out of Newcastle for a very long period of time this season.
Leaving injuries aside, Ben Arfa has showed he has the potential to be a part of a top team and Newcastle is no place for the French-man. However, the Reds have to move things a little fast as reports suggests that newly promoted Ligue 1 side Monaco are willing to pay as much as £10 million for the 26-year-old.
Sinclair, who had passed the Premier League test with flying colours in his debut season for Swansea, has been an absolute benchwarmer for Manchester City. A move would befinit both the parties as Sinclair would not find it difficult to settle down with the Merseyside due to his past experience with manager Brendan Rodgers. If this deal goes through, we can expect much better performance from the midfielder in the coming seasons.