Damon Savenelli explains who he thinks would be astute signings in the January transfer window in order to aid Liverpool’s title challenge.
With the Premier League season approaching the halfway mark, players and coaches have comfortably settled into the season. Coaches throughout the Premier League have had time to evaluate their squads and assess if their squads need replenishment. With the January transfer window quickly approaching, you know what that means. Transfer talk.
There have been a few areas that Jurgen Klopp has identified that need strengthening. These positions include the right wing, centre back, and midfield. It looks to be a busy January window for the Reds, but here are three transfer targets that Klopp and his team should seriously consider pursuing.
Liverpool have lacked depth out wide for quite some time now. With Sadio Mane being one of the only serious wingers in the senior squad, Liverpool should definitely look to add depth to this position. Besides Mane, the only wingers in the current squad are Philippe Coutinho and Sheyi Ojo. With the later far too young to be reliable enough, another winger should be added to the squad. We will not see Mane again until February as he is set to head off to AFCON in the coming weeks, which means it is crucial Liverpool purchase a winger.
With six goals and six assists in 14 appearances for Spartak Moscow, Promes could be the perfect addition to the squad. At 24 years of age, the Dutchman still has a decent amount of potential. The former FC Twente man has bags of pace and his direct attacking style would fit Klopp’s system perfectly.
At a time when Germany seems to be producing an insane amount of youth talent, Tah is perhaps one of the most promising young defenders in world football. If you follow Liverpool, you will know that Liverpool’s defence has been under scrutiny for what feels like a decade.
With Joel Matip seen as Liverpool’s only “elite” defender, Liverpool will most likely need to sign another solid defender if they wish to be successful. With Dejan Lovren’s inconsistency, and Ragnar Klavan past his best at 31 years of age, the Reds could use a young defender. At the ripe age of 20, Tah would perhaps be enticed to join Liverpool and be able to learn from his compatriot Jurgen Klopp.
If you watched the Merseyside derby on Monday night, you might have realised that the Liverpool midfield got absolutely bullied for the first 30 minutes. Without Emre Can in midfield, the Reds lack a serious physical presence in the engine room.
While Lallana and Wijnaldum are good creative players, they are not the physical type. The Reds are in need of a midfielder similar to Yaya Toure in order to dominate the physical part of the game. Standing at 6’2”, Kondogbia could be the answer and at just 23, the Frenchman has a lot to learn and could be the perfect project for Klopp. Imagine a midfield duo of Can and Kondogbia. We would never be bullied off the ball.
Those are the three transfer targets that Liverpool should pursue in January. That is going to do it for now. Who do you think should join Liverpool in January? Comment your top picks below.