Throughout the summer, Brendan Rodgers has stated that he needs a 20-goal a year midfielder to help the team offensively. It will therefore come as no shock to learn that Liverpool are looking into signing highly-rated youngster, Christian Eriksen.
The young Dane has only one year left on his contract at Ajax and has said that his future lies abroad. Liverpool have been scouting Eriksen for two years now and it is surprising that they are yet to make a move, but the failure to lure top transfer target Henrikh Mkharityan to Anfield may result in a serious attempt to sign 21-year-old Eriksen.
On paper, Eriksen is a perfect fit for the style of play Rodgers has already stamped on this young Liverpool side. In his 150+ appearances for Ajax, Eriksen has shown that he is comfortable on the ball, has great passing vision and is technically gifted.
Daniel Agger, who plays for Denmark alongside Eriksen, believes he is an ideal player for Liverpool.
"We want to play attacking football with the ball on the ground and that is exactly what Christian Eriksen is all about," said Agger. "That is the kind of player we need."
Furthermore, Eriksen would represent an ideal bit of business for Fenway Sports Group (FSG). Still intent on buying young players with lots of talent, the £20 million-rated Eriksen fits that mould perfectly.
The Ajax man was among the top five candidates for the Golden Boy award in 2011 - an award singling out the most exciting prospects in European football. Eriksen has gone onto progress even further, being the youngest player at the 2010 World Cup as well as being a mainstay in the Ajax side for the last couple of years.
As well as this, the attacking midfielder has already played with Luis Suarez and his arrival could help to keep the Uruguayan at LFC. Despite Eriksen's young age when Suarez was still at Ajax, the two formed a strong understanding and if they were both to be at Anfield next year it would only blossom further.
If a lack of European football is Suarez's reason for wanting to leave, this signing would help to restore his confidence. Eriksen has shown that he is a talent deserving of playing to the highest standard and would no doubt help to secure a return to European football.
Eriksen plays primarily as an attacking midfielder and has shown that he can score goals himself or assist others. While Philippe Coutinho has already shown his class, due to their similar playing styles Eriksen and Coutinho would easily be able to interchange between a central and left attacking position.
Another similarity is their physical attributes. Eriksen, like Coutinho, is a small forward with bags of skill. While initially I thought Coutinho would struggle with the physical demands of the Premier League, he has shown that as long as the ball is kept on the floor he will thrive and the same would apply for Eriksen.
If Suarez were to stay and Eriksen was signed up, the trio of Coutinho, Eriksen and Suarez would be a deadly triumvirate that would certainly enhance Liverpool's aspirations of a top four finish.
The player's agent has confirmed that Liverpool aren't the only team interested in Eriksen, but it appears that we are the front runners for the young playmaker's signature.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer recently said: "If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him . . . But we realise the interest in this player is huge.
"And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him."
Their will be huge interest in Eriksen after his 33 appearances and nine goals in the Eredivise last season. Rodgers has already made some astute signings in this window but Eriksen should be our summer marquee signing.
He has all the attributes to succeed in Rodgers style of play and is one of the most talented young players in European and world football. I sincerely hope that Rodgers continues his trend of completing business quickly and signs up Christian Eriksen before other clubs come to their senses and put in bids.
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