Liverpool Given Hope In Japanese Playmaker Chase: Rodgers Looks for More Midfield Creativity

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Japan star Keisuke Honda could leave CSKA Moscow – opening the door to a possible move to Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund.

Honda rose to prominence following his displays for Dutch side VVV-Venlo, as well as his goals for Japan at the 2010 World Cup.

CSKA had previously stated their intention to keep hold of the midfielder, but reports in Italy claim he could be on his way out of Moscow.

Liverpool, long-term admirers of the 26-year-old, could revive their interest, especially after Brendan Rodgers admitted that his other midfielders need to relieve the goalscoring burden on captain Steven Gerrard.


Liverpool have been linked with Keisuke Honda on and off for the best part of three years so one wonders if there is any veracity to this latest bit of speculation.

Having impressed many with his displays in Holland with VVV Venlo the Japanese international playmaker elected to move to Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow and has proved a real success. The 26 year old has been a consistent performer in his advanced midfield role and is a regular goal-scorer from his playmaker slot, netting 8 goals in 17 appearances this term, helping the Luzhniki side to the top of the table.

This source is correct to suggest that Brendan Rodgers gets precious little in the way of attacking intent from his current midfield complement and this is perhaps down to the fact that Steven Gerrard now operates in a far more withdrawn role.

Pint sized terrier Joe Allen is very much a holding player and as such there is perhaps a lack of real drive in the Liverpool midfield, though this is partially negated when on loan Turkish international Nuri Sahin is employed to link midfield and attack.

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