TRANSFER MANIA!

Liverpool have been linked with a surprising amount of players, considering that the month is almost half complete and we have yet to sign a single player in this transfer window.

Linked with many footballers from all over the world, Liverpool have shown their interest and are no doubt ready for this January Transfer Window, which ends at the end of the month.

I’m going to run through a long list of players that have interested Liverpool this January, but first I would just like to make something clear. The list of players are NOT players we have necessarily bid upon. The definition of a club’s “INTEREST” in players is simply showing that you would like more information about them from their current club and would be keen to add them to your squad, if the price was right. IT DOES NOT mean making an official bid – you can be interested in players without officially offering money for them in the transfer market. If Liverpool have shown ANY interest at all in these players, that’s why they’re in the list. Many of them will have not been bid upon, they were simply inquired about or possibly even seen to be scouted by Liverpool’s staff.

Liverpool may have already lost interest in some of them if their stated value was considered to be too high to pay and then no further action was taken to acquire the player. They still make the list if that is the case. Being interested enough to enquire about a player is reason enough to list them here for you to read about.  I wish to keep you informed of all our interests in the transfer market, even the ones who don’t get offers made for them or signed for our club. Alright, let’s get it started.

Karim Benzema

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With a value of £30 to £35M, Benzema has been catching the eye of Liverpool FC for a while now. In the 2014 World Cup he was impressive for his country, France. There was even a game where he scored a “hat trick” which he actually didn’t get credited for… the third of his “three” goals was judged to have been an own goal since Benzema’s shot hit the goalpost and also the back of the goalkeeper and deflected into the net. In my eyes and opinion, he still made the shot and without him firing at goal, the ball would never have had a chance to end up in the back of the net. I still say he’s a “hat trick hero”.

After the World Cup was over, Real Madrid were announced to be in the same Champions League group as Liverpool and Benzema would feature in the two fixtures the Spanish giants had against us. He would even score and had we signed him earlier (when he was impressing everybody during the World Cup perhaps), he would not have been playing in games or scoring against us later in the season. This player could easily be what we originally sought in players like Mario Balotelli once Luis Suarez had left for Barcelona… a regular goalscorer. He’s proven time and time again to be capable of putting the ball in the net with regularity.

 

Alvaro Arbeloa

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Having already worn the red shirt of Liverpool in his career, Arbeloa already knows what it takes to play in both European competition such as the Champions League and also the English Premier League. A natural right back who currently (also) plays for Real Madrid, Reds fans have seen this guy alongside some of the most successful teams Liverpool have put out in the last decade and he even featured in the Champions League Final (in Athens) which Liverpool lost to AC Milan eventually.

It was about 8 years ago that Rafael Benitez signed him and he did not fail us in defence when he was needed during his time with us. When he returned to Real Madrid after his time at Liverpool, he was bought for a transfer fee of £5M and has not moved clubs since. Unless his contract is due to expire soon (meaning no transfer fee would be required to sign him), he should still be worth around the same value. Most Reds fans would not be against the Spaniard’s return to Liverpool.

 

Fabio Coentrão

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Another Real Madrid star (I promise I’ll be talking about other club’s players too), Fabio is a Portuguese left-sided defender/defensive midfielder who has played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo for both club and country. Signed by Real Madrid in a part exchange deal that saw Madrid pay Benfica at least €30 million and send Ezequiel Garay to them in order to acquire Fabio, Coentrão is not one of the cheapest defenders you can find if you wish to sign him, though no bid has been reported to have been made by Liverpool on this player as yet. It’s likely that the high price tag may scare Liverpool too much and we may never make a single offer on him.

Though mostly unnoticed in the tournament he did actually feature in the 2014 World Cup Portugal squad, though only for one game in which he was injured and would sit out the remainder of the World Cup due to medical reasons.

 

Gonzalo Higuain

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An ex- River Plate and Real Madrid player, Higuain has most recently been playing in the Italian Serie A for Napoli, under their still fairly new manager Rafa Benitez. The Argentine has played alongside players like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano for his country, the big name club players at Real Madrid and was part of Argentina’s 2014 World Cup squad, which eventually went all the way to the World Cup Final to face Germany (and lost). Signed in July of 2013 for a transfer fee of €40 million, Higuain has been known to wear the number 9 shirt.

A few Liverpool legends of the past such as Phil Thompson and Jamie Carragher have been heard publicly praising this player and recommending that Liverpool move to sign Higuain before anybody else does.

 

Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Another Argentine that has caught the attention of the world (including Liverpool FC), Lavezzi  had displayed outstanding performances for Napoli which earned him a €26.5 million move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 and he’s been impressing the French football crowds ever since. He was part of the 2014 World Cup Squad which featured and eventually lost against Germany in the World Cup Final.

This experienced international has been playing alongside Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano and other Argentine superstars since 2005, in the under 20s and Olympic sides, even winning an Olympic GOLD medal in 2008. How many Olympic gold medalists can you say play for your favourite team? That’s quite an achievement. Recent reports about his value say that his club would be willing to seriously consider an £8M bid from Liverpool for Lavezzi.

 

Sergio Romero

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Yet one more Argentine who has managed to dazzle and delight the scouts from Liverpool is goalkeeper Romero, who although is still a Sampdoria player, has most recently been loaned out to French club Monaco with a possibility for making the move permanent, at the cost of €5 million. Like Lavezzi, Romero is also both an Olympic gold medal winner in 2008 and World Cup 2014 runner-up.

Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have been searching for new goalkeepers and Brendan never did like using Rafa Benitez’s signings, eventually allowing Pepe Reina to leave the club after repeatedly choosing Simon Mignolet (the only goalkeeper Rodgers signed himself) over Reina and making it clear that he would no longer have a place in the starting 11 and the latest transfer window provides an opportunity to find what is needed. That could be Romero.

 

Guillermo Ochoa

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Another World Cup superstar goalkeeper, Ochoa was a part of the Mexican World Cup 2014 squad which was quite successful, qualifying from their group stage and reaching the knockout round of 16 teams but only to be knocked out of the competition by the Netherlands.

Liverpool have even seen the reserves and Academy goalkeepers (Brad Jones and Danny Ward) brought into the 1st team squad but with some very poor performances from Mignolet this season, Liverpool’s scouts have been informed that the search is on to find a new goalkeeper as soon as possible and there are a few potential signings for this position to look at. Ochoa is definitely one of the options.

 

Norberto Murara Neto (or just NETO)

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Neto has played for only a couple of clubs in his short career,  Atletico Paranaense and Fiorentina. His performances for the Brazilian side earned him both the right to represent his country and also a chance to transfer out to Italy, where he could play in the Serie A. He eventually won an Olympic Silver Medal with Brazil in 2012. On 3 January 2015, Fiorentina issued a statement that Neto won’t be extending his contract with the club, causing controversy and wide spreading rumours that Liverpool could easily swoop in to sign him and he would have no reason to stay in Italy rather than coming to England to play football.

Simon Mignolet’s performances in the 2014-2015 season had gotten so bad that Brendan Rodgers officially announced that he was “DROPPING MIGNOLET INDEFINITELY” and chose Brad Jones as the first team goalkeeper, even when we had an important and difficult Premier League fixture against Manchester United to play. He would only play a couple of matches before getting injured, which is when Rodgers clearly had no choice but to start picking Mignolet yet again and Danny Ward would become substitute goalkeeper as Brad Jones recovers from his injuries. Neto could very well be the solution to the problem Liverpool currently face with our limited choice of goalkeepers.

 

Marc Andre Ter Stegen

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Ter Stegen spent 4 successful seasons in the German Bundesliga, playing for Borussia Monchengladbach. In June 2014, Spanish giants Barcelona eventually saw something impressive about him and decided to sign him for  €12 million, offering him a 5 year contract. Since then he has been playing for Barca and also has had the chance to represent his country (Germany) at Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s and eventually, full international levels although he has not got any major international winner’s medals just yet.

However, he currently still has a contract that would keep him at his current club until June 2019 if he was to stay loyal to Barca until it expires, making it unlikely that in this transfer window Liverpool will even make an offer for him while he has so much time left to play in Spain. I think Liverpool would have to seriously be out of all other options for finding a goalkeeper before resorting to negotiating with Barcelona to sign a player they only brought to their club (and intended on keeping for five years) just last year. He wouldn’t come cheap or easily.

 

Xherdan Shaqiri

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This Swiss star has been on Liverpool’s wish list for a while now, after playing well in the 2014 World Cup for his country, Switzerland. Originally starting his career at a Swiss club (Basel), he moved out to the German Bundesliga in around 2012 for which the transfer fee Bayern Munich would have to pay was reported to be €11.6 million.

You may however have recently heard that Inter Milan were successful in their bid to sign him in January of 2015 and he will definitely be playing football in the Serie A next season, not the English Premier League.

 

James Milner

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More midfielders than Shqairi were on our transfer target list and James Milner has been a strong contender among them, especially now that Steven Gerrard has announced his imminent departure from our club in the summer that’s fast approaching. It’s already been rumoured that Brendan Rodgers sees Milner as “Gerrard’s replacement” and will be very interested in trying to bring this player to the club as soon as possible if these rumours are true.

Milner has only ever played for English clubs in his career, starting off at Leeds United and eventually finding his way to Swindon Town, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and last but not least Manchester City.

On 17 August 2010, it was reported that Aston Villa had agreed a deal with Manchester City to sell Milner. The deal was reported to be worth around £28.5 million, including a player exchange of Stephen Ireland,  who was valued at £8 million. That brings the total value estimation of Milner’s transfer worth to around £37M.

Milner has continued his ever increasingly more successful career at Manchester City for the past 5 years, however his current contract may soon be coming to an end, which may benefit Liverpool if he decides to become a free agent, open to all offers with no transfer fee required for his services. It’s more likely we will see him transfer to Liverpool if many millions of pounds are not needed to bring him to our club and if his contract expires in the summer, then you may see Liverpool wait it out before attempting to sign him later this year.

 

Alexandre Lacazette

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French forward Lacazette has been one of Lyon’s hottest players over the past few years, only ever playing for Lyon and no other club in his career. He has scored 43 goals in just over 125 appearances for Lyon and caught the eyes of scouts from other countries while doing it. Liverpool have suffered some setbacks with forwards this season, as Daniel Sturridge got repeatedly injured and other players in the same position (who were supposed to “cover” while Sturridge wasn’t fit to play) were simply not putting in good enough performances to justify putting them into a regular starting 11 role, Liverpool’s squad was frequently rotated as we tried to find the right player to play. That gives an option to go looking around the world for more forwards and Lacazette would certainly fit the description for what we needed.

 

Fabian Delph

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Delph like Milner, is another Englishman who has only ever played for English clubs. Spending only his career at both Leeds United and Aston Villa, he has still impressed enough in the English leagues that he has gotten called up for international duty (although less than 10 times).  He transferred to Premier League side Aston Villa in August 2009 for £6 million. A very attacking player that could also provide some help in midfield once Gerrard has left, he could be a valuable addition to the Liverpool squad.

 

Saido Berahino

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Berahino is another of the latest footballing generation of players who have played exclusively for English clubs. Starting out at West Bromwich Albion, he has since gone out to play for Northampton Town, Brentford and most recently, Peterborough United – all of his time spent at those clubs on loan, while still retaining his original club (WBA). Also representing England at all age levels (under-16s, 17s, 18s, 19s, 20s and 21s) except the most senior level (he still is not older than 21), Berahino was officially named England Under-21s Player of the year in 2014.

This award winning youngster could provide some youth to the team in the same style as Raheem Sterling, if Liverpool are serious about their interest in bringing him to the club.

 

Nathaniel Clyne & Morgan Schneiderlin

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Liverpool made no cover up about the fact that they were going to buy more than one Southampton player in the summer transfer window, they showed interest in multiple players and ended up signing Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana from them. Also on the list at the time was (Englishman) Nathaniel Clyne and (Frenchman) Morgan Schneiderlin, a defensive pair of Southampton players who both have shown enough promise for their clubs and country to attract the attention of Liverpool. Now could be the time to sign the Southampton players we didn’t sign in the summer.

 

Jackson Martinez

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Martinez is a Colombian footballer who has shown great promises from an early point in his career. In 2009 he became the top goalscorer for the season, with 18 goals in the Colombian league. He also led his first ever professional football team to a league title victory, gaining the attention of several clubs as he did so and then going on to play in the Mexican Premier league.  His outstanding performances in Mexico subsequently led to interest from Portuguese team Porto. On 7 July 2012, Martínez signed with Porto for US $11 million. 2 to 3 years later, he’s attracting the attention of English Premier League clubs like Liverpool.

 

Demarai Gray

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Mr Gray is an English professional footballer who plays for Birmingham City. He hasn’t played for any other clubs since the start of his professional career, but has still managed to impress the right people, despite not playing for an incredibly huge club. He has had his call up for the England under 18s and under 19s teams and shown what he can do at international level already. He was also named the Birmingham City Academy player of the season in 2013-2014. “One for the future” probably most accurately describes this young star.

 

Luciano Vietto

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Vietto was a young star in Argentina, scoring 18 goals in 69 games for Racing club de Avellaneda. He caught the attention of some Spanish clubs and on 4th August 2014, Villarreal CF officially announced the signing of Vietto on a five-year contract. Like Ter Stegen, this player has not long joined his latest club and they would be very unlikely to part with their talented youngster after only having him at their club for a relatively short amount of time (one of the five years he’s contracted to play for). Though our club may be interested in him, don’t expect to see this player in a Liverpool shirt in January, or perhaps even this year at all.

 

Adama Traore

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Traore is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona B as a right winger. He has officially played a single game for the Barcelona first team when on 23 November 2013, as a late substitute, Adama played his first La Liga game at the age of only 17, replacing Neymar in the 4–0 home win over Granada CF. He has played far more games for Barcelona B team though. Still a young player that should be considered by most clubs to be a potential star for the future, even if he doesn’t make his move from Barcelona to another club in this transfer window.

 

Winston Reid

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Reid is a New Zealand-Danish professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national team.

At first starting his career with Danish club Midtjylland, he made the move from Denmark to the English Premier League when Reid signed for West Ham United on 5 August 2010, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Then establishing himself as a first team West Ham player, he eventually caught the attention of other Premier League teams (and their scouts) as he continued to make appearances against many English teams.

 

Virgil Van Dijk

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Van Dijk is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Scottish Premiership club (Glasgow) Celtic and the Netherlands national football team.

Van Dijk started his career with Willem II before transferring to FC Groningen in 2010 on a free transfer after just one season, then later making the move from the Dutch league to the Scottish Premier league when on 21 June 2013, Van Dijk signed a four-year contract with Celtic for a fee of around £2.6 million. He would currently still be under the same contract he signed back then and Liverpool may face a fairly high transfer fee if they expect to release him  from his contract earlier than expected by the club, but there’s no doubt he would be a strong addition to any squad.

and THAT’S NOT ALL, but we’ll leave it at that for now. Perhaps we’ll review any future potential transfers into our club at a later date.

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE everyone!

 

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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