Five players LFC should target in January
Edinson Cavani – Paris SG
The 27 year-old Uruguayan is an absolute goal machine and is reportedly on the radar of the the Liverpool coach. Cavani made his name in Serie A but it wasn’t until the 2008/09 season with Palermo when he really flourished – 14 goals in 35 league games prompted Napoli to sign El Matador where he notched an incredible 78 goals in 104 Serie A games.
The powerful forward has a somewhat similar style of play to Liverpool icon Luis Suarez with his infectious work rate and eye for the spectacular finish. However, a fee of around £40m will be needed to prize him away from the French capital.
That’s a staggering sum but it’s rumoured that Cavani will be open to a move as he is more suited to playing the lead role, which is difficult in Paris behind the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Liverpool face stiff competition from Arsenal who are also looking to bolster their striking positions.
Martin Odegaard - Stromsgodset
Liverpool appear to have jumped to the head of the queue for the signature of Norwegian wonder-kid Martin Odegaard. The 15 year-old has already drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi for his trickery and ability to beat players.
Odegaard has made 23 appearances for Stromsgodset scoring five goals in the process while the teenager also made his International debut for Norway when he became the youngest ever player to play in a UEFA European Championship qualifier.
There is clearly no shortage of offers for the 15 year-old attacking midfielder and Liverpool would be delighted to seal what would be a massive coup for the club.
Sergio Romero – Sampdoria
Liverpool’s Achilles heel in recent seasons has been the ease in which they concede goals – and lots of them - so they could look towards the Argentina number one Sergio Romero to replace the haphazard Simon Mignolet. The current Liverpool stopper has made a string of high profile errors this season and does little to inspire confidence.
Romero, on the other hand, has cemented his reputation as of the top goalkeepers in World football with a commanding performance in the World Cup with Argentina and the stopper is tipped to switch to the red half of Merseyside.
The potential arrival of Romero will give Mignolet stiff competition for the number one jersey, which could see a marked improvement in the current Liverpool keeper, or Romero could slot straight into the first team – a win, win situation for the manager.
Andre Pierre Gignac – Marseille
The 29 year-old French striker could finally be leaving Ligue 1 with a January transfer to the Premier League. The Marseille front man, who has weighed in with 11 goals in 16 games for his this season, has a contract which expires at the end of the season, so the club could be tempted to cash in January.
Liverpool are in the market for a striker and Gignac represents good value, albeit a short term fix given his age.
Gignac is not blessed with pace but has averaged a goal every two games during the last three seasons and current Marseille manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has the 29 year-old in top shape this season and is reaping the benefits with a glut of goals.
Spurs and Arsenal would also be interested in the experienced striker should the opportunity arise in the next window.
Paulo Dybala – Palermo
The Argentine 21 year-old striker is beginning to find his feet in Serie A after netting six goals in 13 games for Palermo – he has scored in each of his last four league games. Ironically, Liverpool passed up the opportunity to sign Dybala when Damien Comolli was at the club three years ago, but look poised to make a move should they get a second bite of the cherry.
Nevertheless, it won’t be an easy battle for the youngster dubbed “the new Aguero” as Arsenal, Manchester United and a hefty £30m+ price tag will make the race for his signature far from straight forward.