Yes folks, it may only seem like yesterday since the craziness of the summer transfer window ceased but who doesn't like to whet their appetite when it comes to possible winter moves.
I shall be guiding you through the admittedly treacherous land mines that are the British tabloids in an attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff- from the Ronaldinho to Blackburn stories to the Luis Suarez to Arsenal rumours; no offence intended, Steve Kean.
Firstly, the Daily Star has reported that Liverpool are seemingly interested in signing Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda from Russian club CSKA Moscow.
Honda, who becomes a free agent in January, may be seen as a good addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad and will be known to many Liverpool fans due to his repeated links with Liverpool over the past couple of years.
Honda has been quoted by Sky Sports News saying that: "I have now decided I will leave at
the expiry of my contract", leaving the door firmly open to potential suitors.
It had been widely reported that Honda would finally move during the summer window but a protracted move to AC Milan failed to materialise with Honda now being quoted as saying that: they "are an option, but not the only option".
I believe that this is a deal Rodgers could consider as being a very attractive proposition, especially due to Honda's bosman status come January.
During the summer window it was widely reported that Rodgers was looking for a creative midfielder with reported bids for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Willian coming and
It remains to be seen whether Rodgers is happy with the late loan signing of Victor Moses or whether he will look to the January window in order to try and find another creative influence.
For me, this is one to keep a firm eye on.
Isn't it nice to reminisce? Those sprayed 40-yard passes, that Hispanic flair, the wonder-goal against Luton in the FA Cup... I am of course talking about Xabi Alonso, Liverpool's former Spanish midfield maestro.
Over the last few windows, Alonso has been touted for a final Liverpool swan song due to the continual new influx of talent into Alonso's current team Real Madrid, and equally Alonso's ongoing affection for the Merseysiders.
This window promises to be no different with Alonso becoming more and more out of the picture in the Spanish capital.
The recent additions of Isco and Asier Illarramendi have only further outcast Alonso and with the Spaniard now at the age of 31, it seems the time is now for an Anfield return.
According to the Metro this has led to Madrid supposedly giving Alonso the greenlight to return to Anfield in a move which could see Alonso return to his spiritual home.
The Alonso transfer wouldn’t appear to fit in with FSG’s model of buying younger players but for the midfielder they may be willing to make an exception.
It seems as though this window may be the best opportunity Liverpool have of snaring Alonso’s services, so is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Another player possibly familiar to Liverpool fans and who the Reds have been linked with is the 6ft 8" Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, who plies his trade in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
This particular report comes from the Express and is possibly written in repost to the fact that Anzhi’s owner Suleyman Kerimov has recently declared his whole squad up for sale after encountering health problems - a move which saw star players Willian and Samuel Eto’o move to Chelsea in the summer.
Traore’s familiarity to Liverpool fans derives from the fact that he scored against them during last year’s Europa League campaign in a 1-0 defeat.
Traore is a player who has previously been linked with Liverpool going right back to his days in the Romanian league with CFR Cluj. Since that time he has moved onto bigger things with a £16 million move last year from fellow Russian team Kuban Krasnodar, leading him to his current side.
Last year in the Russian league, Traore managed 12 goals in 24 league appearances giving him an impressive one goal in every two games ratio.
It remains to be seen whether the reports have simply seen the fact that Anzhi’s squad is up for sale and equally that Liverpool have been previously linked with Traore, and thus come up with the conclusion that Liverpool will reignite their interest in the January window.
Also, considering Andy Carroll’s departure from Liverpool, there are doubts over whether Rodgers believes that a player such as Traore will fit into his passing ethos.
However, in Traore, Rodgers would be able to add physicality into a Liverpool side which may be in danger of becoming a soft touch.
I don’t personally see this transfer happening but with Liverpool you can never be sure.
Let me know your take on the possible targets mentioned and equally some other possible signings you believe Liverpool may be interested in.
Finally, I’d be interested to know which positions you believe Rodgers needs to strengthen in and specific players he should look to buy to do this...
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