Three wingers Liverpool could sign to replace Raheem Sterling
Josh Phillips examines three potential wingers Liverpool could target in the summer transfer market
Pedro Rodriguez has enjoyed eight successful years with his one and only club, Barcelona, but all good things must come to an end. After Luis Enrique admitted that he couldn’t guarantee the Spanish international playing time, Pedro seems to have become available for a fee in the region of £20m. The diminutive Spaniard would add flair and guile to the Liverpool attack as well as an eye for goal. Now aged 27, this is a time in his career when he really needs to be playing weekly, something Brendan Rodgers would certainly be able to offer to a player of his caliber. The lack of Champions League football at Anfield next season is an obvious sticking point but perhaps Rodgers can persuade the man with 51 Spain caps to his name to ditch the Camp Nou for the Kop.
Another player who isn’t a guaranteed starter each week, Theo Walcott has attracted the attention of Liverpool in the recent past. With contract talks currently on hold between Walcott and the Gunners, this could be the prime opportunity for Liverpool to rekindle their interest in the Arsenal speedster. It’s easy to forget that Walcott is still only 26 and still has some potential to fulfill, particularly in the striking role. Perhaps one way Rodgers could prize the England winger away from The Emirates would be to promise him a centre-forward role. He certainly wouldn’t come cheap, maybe even £25m, but as we have seen in the past, Arsenal will sell for the right price.
Twenty-four year-old Italy international Lorenzo Insigne is reportedly unsettled at Napoli, recently claiming he felt ‘neglected’ by the club. Again, he would probably cost in the region of £20m but Rodgers would be getting an out-and-out winger for his money. Despite not being the most prolific attacking player with just two league goals last season, Insigne offers a good range of passing, crossing and strength on the ball as well as accurate set-pieces. A hardworking player, perhaps he would even be a positive influence on Mario Balotelli. Insigne was once dubbed the ‘Italian Messi’ but still has some way to go to reach those heights. Nevertheless there is certainly potential in his play that could go a long way at Liverpool.