It hasn’t exactly been a dream start for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool as he attempts to wake the sleeping giant and return them to the top of English football. The reds mixed results have highlighted Liverpool’s lack of firepower and Rodgers’ need to improve the squad if he wants his side to finish anywhere near the top seven this year.
So who is Rodgers’ top target that is going to turn around the fortunes at Anfield? Is it super strikers Demba Ba and Klaas Jan Huntelaar or flying wingers Theo Walcott and Dries Mertens?
No. In fact Rodgers is setting his priorities on a 3rd choice goalkeeper from the Championship.
Former Swansea goalkeeper and current Wolves number 3 Dorus de Vries is the man that Brendan Rodgers is after in January as he believes the Dutchman could be just as valuable to the squad (link).
Rodgers’ advances in the summer were both turned down by Wolves but now it seems the Liverpool manager is more intent than ever to link up with his former number 1 both at Chelsea and Swansea.
The Dutchman has failed to make an impact between the sticks at Wolves and now with his recent falling out with manager Stale Solbakken he could well be on his way out of Molyneux.
Rodgers will be hoping he can take De Vries to Anfield in January as he sees him as genuine competition for Pepe Reina and he is a goalkeeper that already understands the managers philosophies and style.
De Vries is certainly competent enough to play in the Premier League and is well drilled in acting as a makeshift sweeper, but surely this signing is not the priority for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool.
The Dutchman may add a little more stability and comfort to Liverpool’s defence when they are on the ball but realistically Liverpool should be sorting out some other areas of the team before the goalkeeping situation. Rodgers should be focusing on finding a new goalscorer or a player that is going to improve the reds options going forward, not trying to sign a goalkeeper that can’t even get a game in the Championship.
The Liverpool manager really needs to improve his record in the transfer market, especially after the Andy Carroll and Clint Dempsey situation, and signing fringe player like Dorus de Vries is only likely to get some Liverpool fans foaming with fury.
In one way you can see why Rodgers wants to reunite with De Vries as he is a former student and advocate of his style, but surely there are more pressing matters for the Liverpool manager to contend with and he should address those problems first before it is too late.