There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without Liverpool being linked with a new winger for Dalglish’s rebuilding project. It’s almost as inevitable as Gazza getting arrested for drunken disorder. The latest winger to be linked with a move to Anfield is Manchester City youngster Adam Johnson.
A rather audacious swoop, like any, if you are trying to buy a player from you rivals however Dalglish feels he can persuade the youngster to move across the east Lancs. Johnson has struggled to make an impact in the City first team this season, due to injuries and the form of David Silva. When available, Johnson has, for the majority of the time, had to settle for cameo roles off the bench despite making a promising start to his Eastland’s career last season.
If the Liverpool manager can persuade City to part with the boyhood Sunderland fan, then there would ample opportunities for a first team slot. Liverpool lack any natural wide men, with the likes of Rodriguez, Kuyt, Cole and the poor Jovanovic preferring a more central role. The Scot believes Johnson can supply the ammunition for the likes of Carroll to get on the end of.
Johnson has all the abilities to trouble any defence with quick feet and pace. The 23 year old maybe tempted to a move to Merseyside knowing the possibility of first team football was available. He has made 6 international appearances for England and knows that first team football is essential if he wants to regain a place in the side.
Manchester City purchased Johnson for a fee of £7m and would be looking for a fee in excess of that. However money will not be an issue should Dalglish get the reported £50 million available to him this summer. It is more of a case of whether City would want to sell to a rival club challenging them for the same honours.