Having spent over £100m since taking over as Liverpool manager in January, Kenny Dalglish is believed to be preparing one final bid in this summer window with Hamburg’s left-back Marcell Jansen reportedly his number one target.
The signings of Andy Carroll (£35m) and Luiz Suarez (£22m) in January saw Liverpool bolster their attacking options using the funds generated through the sale of Fernando Torres. In this window Dalglish has continued to spend and has brought in Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, and Stewart Downing to add to his midfield. Roma keeper Alexander Doni has also been brought in as back up to Pepe Reina.
Until now, it seemed as though we would be seeing the same defensive back line that Dalglish used for most of last season. Whilst additions have been made to strengthen his side elsewhere on the pitch, one could not be blamed in thinking that Dalglish was relatively satisfied with the defenders he already had Anfield. It seems Dalglish was merely biding his time, and now looks to make the important additions to his back four that can help this Liverpool side compete at the highest level, and mount a challenge for the League for the first time in a few years.
There was talk about Liverpool looking for a centre-back more than anything, with David Godin reportedly high on Dalglish’s wish-list. However, with the departure of Paul Konchesky to Leicester City, Liverpool are now short of a player at left-back, although Konchesky never established himself as a Liverpool player nor was he ever really accepted by the fans at Anfield. Towards the back end of last season, Glen Johnson began to fill in at left-back; however Dalglish will be keen to have him back in his preferred position come the start of the campaign.
Jansen, 25, is valued at around £10m and, according to TuttomercatoWeb, a bid from Liverpool is imminent. The German international has established himself as a regular part of the Hamburg set up, and has shown the kind of consistency and ability that is required at the highest level.
Jansen would undoubtedly be a welcome addition at Anfield, and would fill the only ‘void’ that may be considered to still exist at the club. One would have to think that should Dalgish capture the defender, then this would surely be the end of his spending spree for now. Wouldn’t it?
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