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Which Signings Will Strengthen Liverpool?

    Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was hired as the new boss of Liverpool last month and immediately speculation has turned to which players the German will be looking to sign to strengthen his squad...

Signing Old Friends

The first place to start when considering who Klopp might turn to in order to bolster his squad at Liverpool is his old club Dortmund. This was a team that Klopp guided to the Bundesliga title and a Champions League final. They were players he helped fulfil their potential and also witnessed them achieve great things.

Interestingly, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is set to see his contract expire next summer which makes him available to talk to other clubs about a potential pre-contract agreement. It is no secret that current Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet struggled to perform for the club over the last 12 months. There has been an upturn in Mignolet's form but the lure of getting a player with the quality and experience that Weidenfeller possesses may be too good an opportunity for Klopp to ignore.

There have also been rumours of Klopp being keen to move on Welsh central midfielder Joe Allen. Allen was labelled as the “Welsh Xavi” by Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers but it appears that Klopp is not such a big fan. The departure of Allen could open a space for defensive central midfielder Sven Bender or even the more sought after Ilkay Gundogan. The latter had been linked to Manchester United in the last transfer window so the Reds would love to lure him to Anfield next summer.

Looking Out Wide

There is still a lot of debate about how effective Liverpool's wide players are. Both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have the ability to play out on either wing but both appear to be more effective in the middle of the field behind the front man.

Currently, Klopp is going with James Milner and Adam Lallana as his wide men but Klopp very publicly slammed Milner throughout their recent 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and both players were subbed off during the game. It is a problem position that Liverpool have struggled to address after the departures of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling over the last couple of seasons.

One player that could be an option for Klopp is Atletico Madrid's Koke. He could well be out of Liverpool's price range and if Barcelona or Real Madrid want to sink their claws in then he's likely to stay in Spain but he has the attacking quality that Liverpool are craving out wide.

Another player is one of Klopp's former players Marco Reus. The German international has previously suggested he would not rule out a move away from Dortmund and there were rumours of interest from Arsenal during the summer. The temptation of working with Klopp once again could be a pivotal factor in any potential move. However, he is flourishing under new Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel so that could make a transfer harder to make happen.

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Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus would help to strengthen Liverpool's wide positions.

 

Reus is available with some bookmakers at odds as low as 6/1 to join Liverpool in the January transfer window. The popularity of sports betting has seen punters turn to the transfer market as a way of making money. Often the odds of a player joining a team are affected by tip-offs and they can give a good idea about the final destination of a player during a transfer window. Judging on what the bookies say it seems that Reus will certainly be at either Dortmund or Liverpool come the end of the January transfer window. UK punters interested in placing a bet on this or other football outcomes can see the choices of online bookies available over at OnlineCasino.co.uk (and get a great welcome bonus too!)

Lead From The Front

When Liverpool signed Christian Benteke in the summer for £32.5 million a few eyebrows were raised but ultimately it was felt that the Reds were signing a player with vast Premier League experience for scoring goals. Unfortunately, Benteke has not delivered the goals he initially looked like promising. Danny Ings is also out for the season with injury and Belgian starlet Divock Origi has failed to impress so far in Klopp's reign.

This brings the potential for a few options. Most notably, the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available on a free next summer so he could be one option but at 34 years old the Swedish international will not have many years left.

QPR striker Charlie Austin is also available on a free transfer. He agreed a verbal deal with his club that he would stay with them for a season in the Championship but if they failed to earn promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking he would be allowed to leave on a free. Sadly for QPR fans it looks like their chances of bouncing back immediately are slim. Could this tempt them into selling Austin to a Premier League club in January? Liverpool would be a good fit for the English striker.

 

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Could QPR's Charlie Austin be in line to move to Anfield in January?

 

One more player that could be tempted to move to Liverpool is Paris SG striker Edinson Cavani. He has been in prolific form in Ligue 1 over the past few years and is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers of his generation. Klopp could have the charisma and magnetism that would draw a player of the Uruguayan international's calibre to the club.


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