A reaction to a decent set of suggestions.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
The former Manchester United striker is probably not the most popular figure among the Anfield faithful, but he certainly would provide more of a goal threat that the hapless Andrei Voronin or the inexperienced an raw David Ngog.
Another Premier League great who could be up for a return to these shores for one last hurrah (and pay day, naturally) is the World Cup winner and former Arsenal lynchpin.
The Manchester United academy graduate who was highly rated by Sir Alex Ferguson, but was still forced to leave Old Trafford in order to gain regular first team action. Shawcross is a talented young centre-back, who is strong in the air and on the deck, and who loves to get forward.
Benitez would have to twist the Yankees’ arm to increase the debt a smidgen, but the club will be far less sellable if they’re not in next season’s Champions League – which is a real threat if they continue their current malaise for much longer – so any deal would pretty much pay for itself if it proved the difference between a fourth and fifth place finish.
The Israeli may not be one of the biggest names in world football, but he’s starting to look like a reliable and consistent performer at Premier League level – and that’s what Liverpool have missed for large parts of this season so far. He’s also exactly the kind of busy, hard-working yet creative midfield player that Benitez seems to love (see fellow Israeli Yossi Benayoun). (Football Talent Spotter)
Now a discussion about potential Liverpool transfer targets can not really take place without taking into account the sums of money Rafa may or may not have available to him, should he indeed still be at the club come January. However these targets, David Silva aside, wouldn’t cost the earth and here are my thoughts on them, for what its worth.
Now Ruud Van Nistlerooy is an interesting suggestion but for the life of me I can’t for one second imagine it ever happening. Some may say that Ruud is a little long in the tooth and perhaps past it, but when selected (and not injured) he does have a knack of scoring goals. I would imagine his wages would be astronomical but he could in theory be a decent short term solution for our attacking woes.
Patrick Vieira has similar age concerns as Ruud but he is still pretty fit and manages to get a decent run of action at Inter Milan even at age 33. Our midfield issues are not so acute when everyone is fit and I would personally like to see Damien Plessis given a good crack of the whip, we don’t trust enough in our youth players and the French youngster has a bright future in my opinion.
Ryan Shawcross would be in my view a very good signing. One definitely for the future and a player who looks impressive in a Stoke side that knows how to defend (well most of the time anyway). He could be a relatively cheap signing and presumably he would jump at the chance of a move even though he obviously has a Man United past.
David Silva would be a dream signing but I am afraid that’s exactly what it is..a dream. I would love to think we could get together the kind of sum needed to snap up the Valencia man, reportedly anything up to £25m and we just not able to spend such amounts on one player, which is a crime in my book but that’s the situation we currently find ourselves in.
Tamir Cohen has forced his way into a regular spot at the Reebok and the talented midfielder has a similar knack of compatriot Yossi of being able to play across the midfield successfully but I don’t see him as good enough to consider a potential Liverpool player, perhaps in time he could be, but right now he is not.