After Fernando Torres came out and publicaly committed his future to the club yesterday, many fans were looking forward to the up and coming Premier League campaign, hoping new manager Roy Hodgson can steer the club back to a place in the top 4 with influential signings to add to an already strong squad which boasts the likes of the aforementioned Torres, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher amongst others.
However recent transfer speculation about new arrivals to the club could be seen as anything but that extra bit of talent to push the 18 time league champions back into the elite top four of the Premier League. Middlesbrough’s Brad Jones is one of a host of possible new additions which have been suggested as transfer targets for Hodgson by the media. The Austrialian international goalkeeper has had very much an indifferent career on Teesside and will be seen as somewhat of a suprise, if not ludicrous purchase, if he were to arrive at Anfield. With goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri acting as understudy to Pepe Reina, the signing of Brad Jones would bring little or no improved competition to the position as the keeper found it increasingly difficult to perform in The Championship last season let alot the Premier League.
With the defensive capabilities of Liverpool now firmly in Roy Hodgsons mind after strengthening his attack with the signing of Joe Cole on a free transfer, the new Liverpool manager is looking to lineup a replacement for defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who looks set to leave after being unable to hold down a regular first team place last season as well as the arrival of Danny Wilson from Rangers.
Another player seemingly heading towards the door is defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano who looks set on departing to join former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan. While the defensive stability which Mascherano has provided in the centre of midfield over the last two seasons will be sorely missed, it would seem the club look set to bring in a like for like replacement in Juventus midfielder, Christian Poulsen. The Danish international is rumoured to be available after having been unable to hold down a regular first team position at the Serie A club.
As in the case of the tenuous link with Brad Jones’, the question must be raised as to why Liverpool are being linked with a player who is not a regular starter for a side that finished in exactly the same position as the Reds in their respective league?
The 30 year old, who has had spells in Germany and Spain, could be argued as a shrewd bit of business by Roy Hodgson if the price is right. Whilst he most likely won’t set the Premier League alight, solid performances from Poulsen on a weekly basis could endear him to the Liverpool fans and boost Hodgson’s tactical prowess in the process.
Although funds seem to currently be somewhat limited at Liverpool, potential new owner Kenny Huang could help give the side that extra financial impetus to bring greater quality players to the club than those previously mentioned and hopefully help secure Champions League football once again for the Anfield faithful.
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