Whilst Liverpool are on the verge of completing the £20million signing of Stewart Downing from Aston Villa, there are still suggestions that Liverpool are going to make one big marquee signing this summer. The kind of signing that will get the football world to sit up and recognise that Liverpool are back.
We have seen already that FSG are not afraid to splash the cash. They would have spent over £100million since they took over if the Downing deal goes through smoothly. Suarez, Carroll, Henderson and Downing have already been signed for big fees and if a player who meets their criteria is available then I am sure they will sign him. What a marquee signing could do is create a buzz around the club and increase shirt sales which in tern generates revenue which is what FSG want.
But do Liverpool really need to make a marquee big name signing this summer? It will be hard to sign a big name player especially without the lure of Champions League football but that not to say that the signings we have made without Champions League football are not good.
If Liverpool are to make a marquee signing then who would it be? What position would it be in?
There is talk going around today that Liverpool may be after Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid for £25million. There is no doubt that Higuain is a very good player but would it be possible having three top strikers in the side when at times we will only play with one, or two strikers? It would be great if we could rotate Suarez and Carroll with another top class striker such as Higuain.
Then again, the problem with signing a marquee player is that he has to be a regular in the starting lineup. Looking at Liverpool now, we are pretty solid in central midfield. Upfront we need another striker but not sure if a big name striker would come in and want to sit on the bench or if Andy Carroll would be happy to be a bench player. For £35million, I doubt Carroll would be spending a lot of time on the bench.
Liverpool need a left-back but there are not many big name left-backs available out there. There has been speculation this week that Real Madrid may be ready to sell their Brazilian left-back Marcelo but could that be our marquee signing?
There is a lot of debate on this. Maybe Liverpool are not even looking for a marquee signing this summer. But if we are, who would you want it to be?