Three players Liverpool could sign in the January transfer window
Iqbal Johal takes a look at three possible January signings who could help boost Liverpool's hopes of a top-four finish
World Cup winner Hummels has been linked with a move to Anfield ever since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager. The 26-year-old Borussia Dormund captain has been highly sought-after after helping his country to the 2014 World Cup and would certainly be a great addition to a rather shaky defence. To challenge for a top-four spot you must have suitable options in the centre of defence and with the current crop of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel, it is clear that Hummels would be a quality fit in Liverpool’s most problem area. A defender who was instrumental in helping Klopp’s Dortmund win the league in 2011 and 2012, he has been regarded as one of the top centre-halves in Europe since. A born leader, winner, and the type of ball-playing defender Liverpool need, Hummels is a must-buy in January.
The 22-year-old Argentina international has been linked with Liverpool and would be an excellent option up front, especially after another injury setback to Daniel Sturridge. Icardi scored 22 Serie A goals for Inter Milan last season – the joint highest in the league – and is a quick, intelligent, strong striker who is the natural goalscorer that Liverpool need after never being able to replace Luis Suarez. With Sturridge and Danny Ings injured, that leaves just Christian Benteke and goalless Divock Origi as Liverpool’s only recognised strikers. The top four is up for grabs this season and with the Reds six points behind Arsenal in fourth, isn’t going to be easy, which is why a player of the calibre and potential of Icardi is essential for Klopp to achieve his goals.
Another striker who fits the bill is Dortmund’s Gabon international, who is well-known to Klopp. Aubameyang has been in prolific form this season, scoring 15 Bundesliga goals in just 13 appearances and has 23 in all competitions. Altogether he has netted 64 times in 115 outings for the German giants and is one of Europe’s hottest goal-scoring properties. A versatile attacker who can play anywhere in a front three or just behind, he is regarded as one of the fastest players in the game who is extremely quick on the ball as well. These types of attributes makes him an exciting prospect for English clubs and Liverpool need to be quick to snap him up. A player who would certainly be the missing piece of the puzzle, the only stumbling block is with the price, as Dormund want £42m for him. Despite this, if Liverpool want to fulfil Champions League and future title ambitions, then Aubameyang could well be the man to lead them.