Fresh from the warm glow of a superb victory at the Stadium of Light, Kenny Dalglish has heralded his intention to sign world class wingers to provide the ammunition for Sweet Carroll and El Pistolero Suarez.
With the likes of Raheem Sterling developing nicely, the close of the current season provides the best opportunity to recruit two established wingers to add another dimension to Dalglish's pass and move game, as well as aiding the development of the youngsters.
As the Anfield scouts and executives scour planet football for the very best talent we take a look at signings that would definitely enhance the quality of service from the Reds flanks.
The Villa flyer is currently experiencing a transitional phase, what with Villa's struggles in the Barclays Premier League. Young cannot be faulted for effort and application, but in recent weeks his on field body language has been undisciplined and very frustrating.
A move to a sleeping giant may be just what the young prodigy needs.
Robben is a proven quantity and has turned it on with the giants of European football. The Dutch Master’s mesmerising pace and exquisite dribbling skills would make him the showman of Anfield.
The great entertainer has an eye for goal and can also easily be deployed to fill the gap behind the front two.
Described by Zidane as the “jewel of French football,” Ribery possesses the armoury required from a modern day winger.
The sticking point could be European football. Liverpool’s exit from the Europa League leaves the Reds with a massive mountain to climb, with hopes of European football at Anfield dwindling.
After scoring the Bavarian winner against Freiburg last Saturday, Ribery described the Europa League as “rubbish,” urging his team mates to make the Champions League by going all out for a top three Bundesliga finish.
Ángel di María:
El Angelito is an exhilarating talent. The Argentinian is a close dribbler, provides pinpoint crossing, is creative and oozes flair. Di Maria He’s filled big shoes throughout his career, replacing the talismanic Simao at Benfica before taking over from Arjen Robben at the Bernabau.
With Mourinho preferring to deploy the more workmanlike Lassana Diarra in his stead, Di Maria could become surplus to requirements at Madrid.
The Serb is an outright attacker winger, with a knack of sharply cutting infield. Blonde Krasic hasn’t quite replaced Pavel Nedved in the Bianconeri’s affections, but the Juventus wideman, who hates tracking back, is a breathtaking winger on his day. Krasic’s key attributes are his fitness and workrate.
Though much improved, Lennon’s final delivery still lacks killer edge. The key ingredient here is bundles of pace – but is that enough? Small in stature, Lennon can be knocked easily off the ball by the dark artists.
Rafa was very keen on him and fellow wing man David Bentley, but does Dalglish see the Spurs man bombing the right flank with Martin Kelly?
I’m still scratching my head trying to work out the reason for excluding this spine-tingling talent from the 2010 World Cup. With the right breaks and the tutelage of Monsieur Wenger, Walcott can become one of the best players in the world.
He may need to leave the Emirates to find his perfect on field position.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.