Date: 30th January 2014 at 11:09am
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Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre, has flown out to Ukraine to try seal a deal to sign winger Yevhen Konoplyanka according to reports in the Mirror.

Many Liverpool fans have been unhappy with Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity this January window. We all know that it is a tough window to bring in quality players but missing out on Salah to Chelsea has left a bitter taste in many fans mouths as we had another transfer target ‘stolen’ away from right under our noses. And now it is also being reported today that Tottenham are trying to also sign Konoplyanka!

I may not know exactly how these transfer dealings work, but on the surface it looks like Liverpool and those incharge with transfers are doing a very poor job! We can not always be ‘linked’ and ‘monitoring’ players and end up being ‘close to signing them’ and all the time we miss out and they go to another club. Just like on the playing field, we need to be clinical when it comes to transfer signings. It will not surprise me at all if we miss out on Konoplyanka to Spurs because we are either too slow to seal the deal or we are not willing to pay an extra £1million.

If we are to be serious top four and title contenders, we also need to flex our muscles in the transfer market too. Settling for signing players like Aspas, Alberto, Borini, Cissokho and Moses will not get us anywhere. Those are squad players at best, we need to be signing big name players who can make an instant impact on our starting lineup. Granted we do not have the lure of Champions League football and deep financial pockets but this coming summer we need to bring in two or three big names if we are to take this club to the next level.

A signing like Konoplyanka will be a decent one if we get him for £15million. He is a quality player whom at 24-years old is at the peak of his game. He will offer us great pace and skill down the flanks and we may finally have a player capable of beating the defender on the outside with pure pace. The Ukrainian winger may not be the big name signing fans want but I guess it will do for now. What upsets me the most is that we have not made an effort to sign a central midfielder this window as we are seriously thin in that department. Maybe the big names such us Fernando, M’Villa and Song are not available this window but we have to make sure we strengthen that department in the summer.

I guess now we just have to wait an see how Ayre’s trip to Ukraine goes. I will only be happy once we see Konoplyanka being paraded at Melwood as a Liverpool player. For now, anything can happen especially with Spurs waiting in the wings.