Now Liverpool owner John Henry may be a multi-billionaire and has looked ready to splash the cash so far during his time in the North-west, but everybody loves a bargain.
If Liverpool are to once again scale the heights of European football they will have to keep an eye on UEFA’s financial fair play regulations over the next few years, so with that in minds heres a list of the top five free transfers King Kenny should be considering this summer.
Ederson (Lyon) – Liverpool’s midfield options have looked somewhat limited ever since Lucas was ruled out for the season. Dalglish has been forced to rely on blooding youngsters such as Spearing and Henderson who look unlikely to turn Liverpool into serious title challengers, while Charlie Adam has looked short of pace in the centre of Liverpool’s midfield. Ederson is a midfielder who’s talent can not be doubted and was linked with many of the great and good of European football, from Real Madrid to Manchester United, before his arrival at Lyon. At 26 years-old the Brazilian posses the experience lacked by many of Liverpool’s current midfield options and is still young enough to be a feature of the side for many years to come.
Ivica Olic (Bayer Munich) – It has often been said that great squads must contain four quality strikers, and this is certainly not a criteria Liverpool currently meet. Andy Carrol has struggled to live up to his inflated transfer fee and Craig Bellamy seems unable to feature regularly in the first team, meaning Liverpool more than most need additional striking options. Bayer Munich’s Olic although not the most prolific has proved to have the ability to score goals of vital importance and could be the missing link to converting chances in big games that Liverpool have lacked thus far this season.
Jefferson Farfan (Shalke) – Given the toils of Liverpool’s forwards to find the back of the net this season it is vital that the rest of the side chip in with their fair share of goals. While Downing has shown composure in front of goal in recent weeks Dalglish’s midfield options still seem light on goals. Farfan could prove an antidote to this problem. The Peruvian winger has a decent enough strike rate for a wide player, averaging around a goal every five games, and is capable of providing quality delivery into the box. Plus at 27 the Shalke star is just entering his prime.
Junior Hoilett (Blackburn) – The Canadian has proved a shining beacon of hope in Blackburn’s largely pitiful season, and looks every inch the Premiership footballer. Hoilett has proved himself capable of tearing holes in even the tightest of defences in this campaign and at only 21 looks likely to prove a star of European football in the coming years. The winger would sit perfectly with Liverpool’s current policy of looking to recruit younger players and mould them into the Liverpool way of playing in an attempt to bring the glory days back to Anfield.
Miguel (Valencia) – At 32 years-old the Portuguese right back may not initially suit Liverpool’s current recruitment requirements, but on several occasions in recent years the reds have looked light of full back options when senior players have picked up knocks. This has meant youngsters filling in for their more recognisable colleagues and while these players have shown much promise they can not compete with the mix of ability and experience Miguel could offer. On a free the player could prove the perfect stop gap to add depth to Liverpool’s squad while the younger full back’s continue their footballing education.
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