Why are Liverpool after Jordan Henderson?

The Reds have been struggling to replace Xabi Alonso since his departure and the likelihood that Alberto Aquilani will stay in Italy, and the fact that Raul Meireles likes to play in a more advanced role, means we need somebody who can pull the strings in a deep-lying playmaker role. It was one of the reasons I thought we were being linked with Charlie Adam, despite his preference for playing further forward, and I have my doubts that Henderson would be a better alternative to even him.

Then there’s the price. A £13million bid from the Reds has already said to have been rejected with £20million being demanded by the Black Cats. You always have to pay a premium for a home-grown player but surely £20m would be too much beyond his market value to fit in with FSG’s financial plans. Sure, he has a lot of potential but I don’t see why spending a large chunk of our transfer budget is required when there are more pressing concerns in different areas of the pitch.

Pacey wingers, a left back, a centre back are ahead of central midfielders in my priority list, and even then, there maybe one or two players abroad who could be bought for less than Henderson. Juan Mata for £18million anyone? Is anyone going to tell me he is worth less than Henderson?

Article is courtesy of David at Live4Liverpool .