Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, level on points with leaders Manchester City.
After reaching the Champions League final last year, the Reds have continued their terrific form into the new campaign and look well-equipped to battle City for the Premier League title. The impact of Virgil van Dijk in defence has been astounding with Liverpool conceding fewer goals than Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus and Pep Guardiola’s side since the Dutchman made his debut. With Fabinho and Naby Keita still settling into life on Merseyside, things are looking rosy for Jurgen Klopp.
Despite their form so far, the German should definitely be keeping an eye on potential January transfer targets. Klopp wanted a playmaker in the summer and saw a move for Nabil Fekir collapse at the last minute. If the Reds don’t revive their interest in the Frenchman, they should make a move for Real Madrid playmaker – James Rodriguez.
Valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, the Colombia international is currently halfway through his two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich after falling out of favour in La Liga. Despite being a crucial player for the club last year, reports suggest that Rodriguez will attempt to leave the German champions in the New Year. Juventus are reportedly interested in reuniting the midfield with Cristiano Ronaldo, but Liverpool should try to lure him to the Premier League.
Rodriguez has the quality to unlock a defence and to put him behind the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could be lethal. With three goals in just four Bundesliga starts this year, the Colombian will be desperate for regular game time. The 27-year-old is approaching the prime of his career, and there might not be a better manager than Klopp to get the best out of the former Porto star.
Bringing Rodriguez to Anfield in the New Year could prove to be a masterstroke.
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