Michael Baddeley believes that Liverpool should raid a lower league club in the summer once again.
Since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, the club has done some absolutely excellent business securing the top talent from those relegated & mid-table Premier League sides.
Xherdan Shaqiri came from relegated Stoke City and has been a fantastic rotation option for the Reds this season. Andy Robertson came from relegated Hull City is absolutely fantastic and is by far the best left-back in the league right now.
And finally, Gini Wijnaldum from relegated Newcastle United who has created a fantastic partnership with Fabinho in the middle of that park and could even be the most underrated player in the league this season.
Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk from Southampton are self-explanatory, one’s a part of the most formidable front three in England, maybe even the world, whilst the other is arguably the best centre-back in the world full stop.
The strategy of buying the best and hungriest players with Premier League experience, putting them together in a team and then allowing them to reach their full potential has worked unbelievably well for the club.
As it’s been so successful in the past, you’d expect that it would be something that you saw the club do again this summer and they wouldn’t be short of options in a number of positions that Liverpool need depth in.
Ryan Sessegnon, Ben Chilwell, Nathan Ake, James Tarkowski, James Maddison, Ryan Brooks and Wilfried Zaha are just a few off the top of my head.
But there is one player who stands out the most for me. He is a player that has everything Liverpool need. He’s naturally a left-winger but posses the ability to also play as a number 10, a position he has played in and excelled in for his current club.
He is unbelievably skilful and has ball-control like Coutinho, he drives at defenders like Mané and has the physical ability to back it up when games get a bit rough.
If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about West Ham’s Brazilian attacker, Felipe Anderson. With eight goals and two assists this season, the former Lazio man has adapted incredibly well to the league.
It’s no secret that Liverpool have lacked depth in the front area, we’ve often played with a 4-2-3-1 this season with Mané, Bobby, Salah and Shaqiri. We have players like Sturridge and Origi waiting on the bench, but let’s be honest, they aren’t good enough back-up.
We’ve also got the added depth of Keita who has been utilised as a left winger at times this season, but again he isn’t good enough in that role as he is a central midfielder.
So a versatile attacking option for depth is much needed. Buying one this month would be great going into a title race but one in the summer transfer window is an absolute must.
I’ve seen a number of tweets recently saying Zaha would be a great option for Liverpool and those people aren’t wrong. He’s quick, skilful, direct and under Klopp would go up a whole another level. But for me, Anderson’s versatility makes him a much better option for the Reds.
The fact he can play left wing makes him a great rotation option with Mané and also gives the Senegalese international some much-needed competition. But his ability to play behind the striker and also on the right in a 4-2-3-1 is a key factor for me.
This season we’ve seen Bobby drop a bit deeper and play as a no.10 and he is still as influential as ever. As a result of Bobby being able to play this role, we understand that Liverpool have changed their intentions of signing an attacking-midfielder to signing a world-class striker. A move that would allow the Reds to have four unbelievable options across that forward line.
But signing Anderson as well as a world class striker would be fantastic business and would mean Liverpool would have quality in depth to compete on multiple fronts next season.
You’d think that Liverpool would be a favourable option for Felipe. It is a massive step up in quality and he must look at our three samba stars – Fabinho, Alisson and Bobby – and see they are enjoying every minute on Merseyside.
If you follow me on social media you’ll know how much I rate the lad and would love to have him at the club, but the only issue with signing him is his possible price-tag. Having only signed for the Hammers this season for a fee of around £40 million you’d expect West Ham to command a very high fee before they even start listening to offers.
He could and should be an option for Liverpool. But for the time being, let’s get behind the Reds and keep pushing them towards dreamland!