Having completed his third signing of Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen today, Brendan Rodgers is not finished in the transfer market just yet. According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are bracing themselves for negotiations with Liverpool over centre backs Michael Dawson or Steven Caulker, should Daniel Agger leave the club.
The Dagger, as the Liverpool fans know him, has expressed his desire to remain on Merseyside amid interest from Manchester City. However with reports linking the centre-back with a move to Spain, Agger stated that he might well be interested in a move to the continent should an offer come in.
That has left Rodgers with the task of preparing for the centre-backs exit. The Northern Irishman has identified Caulker and Dawson as potential transfer targets should he lose the 27-year-old Daniel Agger. Both Caulker and Dawson are not being considered as the starting defenders for Spurs this summer, with AVB preferring a partnership of Younes Kaboul alongside new signing Jan Vertonghen.
That being said, only one of the Tottenham duo would likely arrive on Merseyside, so which one should it be? For me, Steven Caulker is the obvious choice.
Coming off the back of a summer representing Team GB at the Olympics, 20-year-old Caulker has a huge upside. A product of the Spurs youth set up, Caulker enjoyed a great season last year on loan at Swansea where he excelled under Brendan Rodgers enough to guarantee him a place in the GB side. At such a young age, the centre-back also has plenty of upside which Rodgers would be keen to exploit whilst his physicality and strength would also help fill the void left by Daniel Agger.
The other option Michael Dawson does not look as rosy. Dawson struggled last year with a series of injuries and has since failed to establish himself in the Spurs side. At 28, Dawson has plenty of international and domestic experience that he would bring to the Liverpool side yet with his previous injury issues and questions over his ability in general as he enters the latter stages of his career, Dawson wouldn’t be the most sensible of signings.
In contrast Caulker would be just right to replace Agger should he leave, although ideally the Denmark captain will remain on Merseyside. Yet if Liverpool do pursue Caulker it could prove difficult – the England U21 player has been compared as the next Ledley King and Liverpool may struggle to prise him from his boyhood club.
In short, if Agger leaves then Caulker would be the best fit for the Reds. Yet whether Liverpool’s dreams could become reality is a different question.
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