With the season now over, the main focus will be on the transfer market and Liverpool could be heading to Villa Park to pick up three top players. Aston Villa have made it clear that they do not want to sell any of their top players but it looks like at the end of the day the players themselves are the ones who are going to want to move to new clubs especially after the poor season Aston Villa had.
The first name that is 100% certain to leave Aston Villa is their 40 year old goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The ex-Liverpool stopper is out of contract at Aston Villa and will not be signing a new contract. The only question now is where does he go with Tottenham and West Brom also keen to sign him. But all signs point to him making a return to Liverpool after he signed for us in 1997 and spent two and a half years at Anfield. Friedel will know very well that he will be coming in as an understudy to Pepe Reina and this could suite him just fine as he eyes a future coaching role at Liverpool. From a Liverpool point of view it would be great to have such a top class keeper on the bench just in-case Reina gets injured. Liverpool have been very lucky over the years that Reina has not been sidelined for long spells due to injury.
The second Villa player who could be heading to Liverpool is Ashley Young. The Villa star has also refused to sign a new contract with the club as he seeks to move to a bigger club. The race for his signature is now down to Liverpool and Manchester United. Young would make the wrong decision if he joins Manchester United as he will not be a guaranteed starter whereas at Liverpool we would slot him into the starting lineup as we need him to add some pace and width to the side.
Finally, another Aston Villa winger who would be a great addition to the Liverpool team, Stewart Downing. Liverpool have been linked with Downing in the past, even before he joined Aston Villa. This time round, Liverpool may finally get their man in they put in a big enough bid for Downing. Villa would be reluctant to sell their player of the season but with the influence of Kenny Dalglish now at Liverpool, Downing may just be tempted to move to a bigger club. Having Downing and Young down the wings for Liverpool next season would be a dream come true for Andy Carroll.