The Independent came up with a list of ten potential Anfield targets and here are my thoughts on the players we have been linked with.
Juventus striker David Trezeguet is entering the last year of his contract so could be available for as little as £8m. Apparently Roy Hodgson is viewing him as the perfect addition to a new look Liverpool strike force. At 32-years-of-age he’d still have something to offer having been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe over the past decade.
Good player, but not sure the price is a fair one. He has had injuries of late but to be honest his experience could be invaluable. Not sure it will happen though.
Peter Crouch could be involved in a shock return to Liverpool. Hodgson unsuccessfully tried to sign the Tottenham striker during his time at Fulham, but with the lure of Anfield now behind him, he may finally get his man. Spurs have such a plethora of strikers that if the right bid came in they might be willing to sell. And the Liverpool fans would certainly welcome his return.
Didn’t really get a fair crack in the first team during his first spell at Anfield, perhaps a second try would work well? Roy Hodgson likes big bulky hold up forwards and Crouchy is one of the best in the business. The fact that Tottenham just qualified for the Champions League may make such a move unlikely though.
In the strike department Liverpool are dreadfully short of options. Fernando Torres is their only key note striker, and with injuries plaguing the Spaniard recently, it appears Hodgson will need some new options. One of those options could be Asamoah Gyan, the Ghanaian forward who shone so brightly in South Africa (apart from that penalty miss). Rennes want £20m for the fast and powerful 24-year-old, a fee heavily inflated post South Africa, but one which might drop as World Cup fever passes.
How much?!! Showed good touches but a good couple of matches in the World Cup doesn’t mean he is a good player. Remember El-Hadji Diouf!
Fernando Gago/Rafael van der Vart
Should Real Madrid meet Liverpool’s £30m valuation of Steven Gerrard (or negotiate the price down a little), any deal could see either Fernando Gago or Rafael van der Vart move in the opposite direction according to reports. 24-year-old Gago is a huge prospect and any swap would mean little money changing hands. Van der Vart is less highly thought of at the Bernabeu, meaning he could arrive at Anfield along with some much needed cash.
I’d welcome both Real Madrid men to the club with open arms. Rafael Van der Vaart has been criminally underused at the Bernabeu and Gago would be a decent replacement for the seemingly exit bound Javier Mascherano. Just one question though. If Steven Gerrard wasn’t part of the deal, where would we get this kind of cash from?
During Hodgson’s punditry work at the World Cup, he was apparently keeping an eye on Ivory Coast winger Gervinho. The Lille man looked an exciting prospect and had been attracting admirers prior to the tournament after a successful season in France in which he scored 13 goals. Lille value the 23-year-old at £10m, which is a bit steep – but if Liverpool can bring in some cash from selling players, Gervinho would be a useful addition.
Looks a decent player. Not a spectacular target but perhaps the type of player Hodgson can mould into a useful addition, works well out wide or up front. Could be worth a bid.
Since the arrival of Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City and he appears likely to leave (again). A few clubs are apparently interested, with Liverpool among them. It’s also rumoured that he could be available at a cut-price £6m as City look to reduce their wage bill. That seems like a bargain, which would certainly appeal to Liverpool’s owners.
Some natural width is well needed. Shaun Wright-Phillips still has electrifying pace and can be got on the cheap. A signing I would welcome but it seems a fair few sides are looking at snapping up the Man City man so we better act quickly!
Another Fulham player linked with Liverpool is Clint Dempsey. The American had an impressive season, playing an essential part in the Cottagers’ run to the Europa League final. His impressive displays at the World Cup have only increased his stock, with AC Milan apparently making overtures in his direction. A decent bid would be needed to tempt Fulham to sell.
Clearly a player only linked to us because he is at Craven Cottage but I quite like the American. He seems able to serve many functions and appears to be at his peak right now. Makes things happens and always gives 100%, will Fulham sell though?
Mascherano is destined for the Anfield exit meaning a holding midfielder will be an essential purchase for Liverpool. And it appears they may replace one Argentinean for another. 29-year-old Esteban Cambiasso has been linked with a switch to Merseyside and the rumours are growing. Apparently Mascherano could link up with old boss Rafa Benitez at Inter, and Cambiasso could move in the opposite direction in a swap deal.
Yes please. Unlikely though. The Argentine is a top notch defence minded midfielder and one who is surely either going to stay at the Champions League holders or perhaps move to Real Madrid. If we are honest we all know this deal will never happen, unless it is as part of any potential Masch deal, which seems highly unlikely. Shame.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra, with a fee or around £5m being mentioned. The Algerian international has been impressive north of the border but now the 27-year-old apparently wants a return to the Premier League where he had a spell with Charlton.
At best average and at worst the Algerian is nothing more than a no nonsense defender who appears to have an agent who is on a mission. I will be hugely surprised if the Rangers man ends up at any top eight Premier League side. Being good in the SPL is by no means a sign of quality.
Upon taking over at Liverpool, Hodgson vowed he wouldn’t raid his old club Fulham. But that hasn’t stopped Liverpool from being linked with Cottagers centre-back Brede Hangeland. The Norwegian is a defender of the highest class and has been sensational since Hodgson brought him to the Premier League from Copenhagen. Rumours suggest Liverpool are ready to table a bid of £7m to test Fulham’s resolve
A solid and dependable giant of a centre back. Perhaps a move for the Norwegian would make sense but again I would imagine the west London side would hold firm against a bid from Roy Hodgson.