Liverpool

Rodgers Won’t Be Winning Many Friends If These Rumours Are True

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is already looking to strengthen his squad, with midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey the first names on the list say the Daily Mail.

Rodgers is the new man at the helm at Anfield and will be looking to freshen up a squad that finished a disappointing 8th place in the Premier League under Kenny Dalglish last season, and buying players who can score and create goals will be a priority for the former Swansea manager.

Having scored just 47 goals last season despite splashing almost £100m on Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool must press on with adding quality to the final third – especially now Dirk Kuyt, a valuable squad player, has moved to Turkey with Fenerbahce.

Dempsey has just had his best season yet with Fulham, bagging 17 Premier League goals for The Cottagers – mostly from midfield. His performances haven’t gone unnoticed and big clubs are starting to circle around the American – and he may come cheaper than expected.

Dempsey’s contract expires in a year and Fulham may decide they want to cash in on their prized possession instead of risking losing him for nothing next summer. I think Dempsey would be a great signing for Liverpool and just the sort of player Liverpool should be looking at – proven but not at extortionate prices.

Their other reported target is Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was on loan from Hoffenheim at Swansea when Rodgers was manager there. A £6.8m fee is enough to take Sigurdsson away from the Bundesliga, but Rodgers is honouring his former club by saying he will give them the first chance to sign Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson is a slightly different situation from Dempsey. He’s enjoyed a productive 6 months but can he do it on a consistent basis for a club the size of Liverpool? He obviously has great potential and may have some resale value, but Liverpool fans are expecting winning football now as opposed to 3 or 4 years down the line where Rodgers could have bitten the bullet.

Both players will have to think long and hard about their decisions because Liverpool are fairly unstable right now. Another change in manager brings about more upheaval and in the case of Liverpool, some insecurities. Given the abuse aimed at some of Dalglish’s signings, some players may think twice about a move to Anfield this summer.

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