The January transfer window is just around the corner and after Saturdays defeat to Arsenal is it now painfully obvious Liverpool need to strengthen their midfield options if we are to remain in the hunt for Champions league qualification. The speed of Arsenals build up play left our trio of midfielders chasing shadows and made them look pretty average. Arsenal seemed to carve us open a bit too easy and whether it was due to tactics or personnel its glaringly obvious that we need to add strength, resolve and technique to the engine room as soon as possible.
While that’s evident from performances against Southampton and Arsenal in particular another interesting factor is the list of bodies that might be deemed surplus to requirements this coming ‘silly season’. We all know the policy at this stage. Players will need to leave before we can invest in potential midfield targets.
Here we take a look at players that could for one reason or another be sold in January or at the end of season to help re-shape the playing staff. Rodgers is beginning to put his own stamp on the team and he has always maintained it will take one or two more transfer windows to get to the level he wants. If we take that literally he has until next summer to get things right. The fans will be looking for more Coutinho’s than Borini’s.
Pepe Reina: The general consensus is that our beloved Pepe has played his last game between the sticks for Liverpool. Whether he remains in Italy with Rafa’s Napoli or goes back to Barcelona depends on the recruitment team at the Camp Nou. Its common knowledge he would prefer a return home to replace Victor Valdes but its not in stone whether they will choose Pepe as their goalkeeper. Ter Stegen of Borussia Monchengladbach is a touted alternative to Reina.
Possible transfer fee: (£6-8m) Although still considered one of the top goalkeepers in Europe Reina won’t be sold for much more than £8m.