Three players Liverpool should sign before transfer window shuts
Three players Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should sign before transfer window shuts next month
1) Aymen Abdennour
The Tunisian centre-back is a target for many clubs across Europe after declaring himself open to a move in search of a bigger challenge. Despite only joining Monaco initially on loan and then permanently from Toulouse in 2014, the 26-year-old is already actively seeking a fresh start and is rumoured to be in the plans of Liverpool and Newcastle United, as well as a number of clubs in Serie A. Capped 33 times by his country, Adbennour has been valued at around £14m by Monaco, due in part to the three years remaining on his £30,000-per-week contract. Liverpool are lacking in the central defensive department, with Dejan Lovren, Martin Škrtel and Kolo Toure Brendan Rogers’ main options in the position since the peculiar omission of Mamadou Sakho from both matchday squads so far this season. With strong options at full back, Rogers will be looking to add an established centre half to his ranks before the transfer window closes at the end of the month and has also been vaguely linked with an unlikely move for Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams. Despite successive clean sheets, the Northern Irishman will be wary that injury problems could leave him resorting to using Emre Can out of position again; something he was criticised for sticking with for so long last season.
2) Roberto Jiminez Gago
As well as lacking depth in his back line, Rodgers has also been questioned for his recruitment of former Bolton man Ádám Bogdán as a back up goalkeeper. The Hungarian hardly set the world alight for Wanderers in last season’s ill-fated Championship campaign, and Reds everywhere will be hoping that the Anfield hierarchy have another stopper lined up to compete with Bogdán and the inconsistent Simon Mignolet. Spaniard Roberto has enjoyed two successful seasons as Olympiakos’ number one after racking up just four appearances in three underwhelming spells at hometown club Atletico Madrid, and will now be hoping for a bigger challenge elsewhere in Europe. He is, however, tied to a long-term contract and may carry a price tag too heavy for what Rodgers may consider as merely a second or third choice ‘keeper. But with many of last season’s problems arising between the sticks at Anfield, the former Swansea City boss would be wise to bolster his options ahead of the marathon that is the remainder of the Premier League season.
3) Yannick Bolasie
If defensive options leave much to the imagination, Liverpool have certainly strengthened at the other end of the field. Christian Benteke looks an inspired addition, while Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and even Mario Balotelli are hardly debilitating substitutes to have available. One would assume that Rodgers is eager to find some sort of replacement for £49m man Raheem Sterling, despite promoting young Jordan Ibe and Divock Origi to the first team this season. A player very much in Sterling’s mould is Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, whose fearlessness in attack has left Premier League defences quaking in their increasingly luminous Magistas. Eagles boss Alan Pardew has slapped a minimum £40m price tag on the 26-year-old Congo international, but he is no doubt the sort of player who could propel the 2013/14 Premier League runners up back towards the top. Spurs are also interested in the former Bristol City man, who looks likely to complete a move to a top six side in the near future under the reluctant advice of his manager.