Four players already brought in this summer and here’s another five on the Anfield radar.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy re-building the clubs squad this summer following a disappointing 7th place finish in the Premier League. Although Rodgers has already signed the likes of Luis Alberto and Simon Mignolet, the Reds are still in the market for several quality players that can play in a wide variety of positions. Qualifying for the Champions league is Liverpool’s goal for next season and here are five players who could help them do that.
Ashley Williams- Swansea City
Williams has been at the heart of Swansea’s recent success and helped the club win the League Cup in February, beating Bradford City in the final. The Swans also managed to finish in the top half of the Premier League and Williams performances contributed a huge amount to that. Despite his success at Swansea, Williams could be leaving the Welsh club this summer in search of another challenge. It is believed that the player would like to play for one of the Premier League’s big clubs while he is still at his best. Williams is nearly 29 and wants to enjoy his time at the top while he still can. Liverpool have been heavily linked with the centre-back and Brendan Rodgers knows all about Williams, having managed him during his time as Swansea manager.
Liverpool let in a lot of sloppy goals last season and with Jamie Carragher retiring, their is a hole in Liverpool’s defence. Rodgers thinks that Williams would be the ideal man to strengthen his defence this summer and Williams would certainly enjoy working with his former manager. However, Swansea don’t want to let their captain leave the club, especially as they are about to embark on European football and it will take a £10 million bid for the Swans to even consider selling Williams. Liverpool are unwilling to pay that amount and are hoping that Swansea lower their asking price for the defender. Liverpool also have competition for Williams, coming from Arsenal, Everton and Italian club Napoli. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of Williams and has been tracking the Welshman for most of the season.
He may now make a move for the defender as Thomas Vermaelen will miss the start of the new season. Napoli’s manager Rafa Benitez was impressed with Williams when he saw him play while he was Chelsea boss and could bring the Welshman to Italy while Everton manager Roberto Martinez managed Williams while he was Swansea boss. Liverpool nearly signed Williams last summer and will hope that despite all the interest in the defender, they will be more lucky this summer.