Its been a poor start to the Premier League campaign for Liverpool and Trevor Keane looks at three players that Liverpool should sign in January.
Brendan Rodgers, the man tasked with re-building one of England’s most successful sides, has set about a possession brand of football using and cultivating the young talents he inherited from his predecessor Kenny Dalglish.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso have shown that the future is bright while the goals and the performances of Luis Suarez, an early contender for player of the season, is another reason for positivity on the Kop.
However despite that the club still sits 11th in the Premier League and Rodgers’ men have won just three of their opening 13 games. Rodgers has indicated that he will spend in the January transfer window and it more than likely that he will look for experienced campaigners to add some steel and goals to his side.
Rodgers has been linked with moves for Theo Walcott, Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba and Jan Klaas Huntelaar as he steps up his search for striker and with the Northern Irishman indicating that he will look to bring into two or three strikers one of these could very well arrive however another man worth looking at is Dirk Mertens.
Mertens has scored six goals in nine games so far this season for PSV and while he is predominately a winger the 25 year old has a real eye for goal and would provide something different as part of the three pronged forward that Rodgers prefers with one of the aforementioned quartet in the middle and Suarez on the right.
The former Utrecht star has 14 caps for rising Europeans Belgium and scored 25 goals in all competitions last season. Mertens would reportedly cost £10m which would fit with the club’s policy of buying young players with potential high sell on value.
The 20 year old Eriksen is regarded as one of Europe’s most promising talents and Liverpool are just one of a host of clubs linked with the Ajax starlet.
The Danish International would not be regarded as an experienced campaigner but would certainly prove to be an exciting acquisition. Despite his tender years he is already a veteran at international level with 30 caps and two goals and looks set to become of the greats of Danish football.
A few weeks ago a number of publications including The National reported Liverpool’s interest and his signing would send out a real statement of intent from the Anfield hierarchy with Manchester City, Manchester United and AC Milan all linked.
Eriksen would not come cheap however and his signature would cost in the region of €30m, a sum the club’s owners may not be willing to fork out.
While the Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger partnership looks rock solid, the back ups of Sebastian Coates and club legend Jamies Carragher look less so. Coates was at fault for the goal that cost Liverpool defeat away to Anzhi in the Europa League and while he has impressed in patches he does not look to be the long term solution for Liverpool at the back.
Carragher meanwhile turned back the clock with a solid defensive display against Chelsea – a performance that included a rare assist, however at 34 years of age time is not on his side and Rodgers needs another back up.
According to Caughtoffside.com, Liverpool are been linked with a move for AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes.
The 30 year old has plenty of experience with 29 caps for France and over a 100 games for both Auxerre and Roma. A 2011 move to Milan has not gone to plan to date with injury and a lack of first team action hampering him, the new season has not yet seen an improvement in form with Milan as a team struggling overall, losing six times already this term.
Mexes could be tempted to jump ship and with the club previously linked with the player back in 2010 and 2011 and it might be case of third time lucky if Rodgers can tempt him to Anfield.