Liverpool look set to make a £10m move in January for PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens according to Italian media. The 25-year-old is seen as a key addition to Brendan Rodgers’ squad, as the Northern Irishman attempts to stamp his own brand of football into the Merseyside club.
The quick and pacy Belgian has been one of the standout players at the Philips Stadion over the last 12 months and has attracted attention from Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow as well as the Reds.
Mertens’ flair and style will undoubtedly help Rodgers to develop the free flowing attacking football that he built up a reputation for whilst at Swansea.
However Liverpool’s current phase of transition is both an exciting and nervous time for both the manager and the fans. Rodgers’ unconvincing start to the job has already raised questions whether he is the man to return Liverpool to Champions League football.
Whilst he has a difficult task ahead of him, the club’s failure to get results will only prove detrimental to Rodgers’ efforts. Should Bayern Munich make an offer for Mertens then Rodgers will have a difficult task ahead of him to convince the Belgian that his future lies at Anfield and not the Allianz Arena.
In many ways this is the sort of struggle that Rodgers faces every time he dips into the transfer market. Over the summer both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey chose Spurs over the Reds suggesting that other Premier League sides are a more attractive prospect than Liverpool nowadays.
However Rodgers managed a transfer coop of his own during the summer, capturing Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid from under the noses of Arsenal. The Turkish international has made a promising start to his time at Anfield, and should his form continue it will be imperative that Rodgers signs Sahin on a permanent deal in order to continue the rebuilding process at Anfield.
Additionally signings such as Sahin may convince players like Mertens that joining a rejuvenated Liverpool side will prove a fruitful career move.