The regular England international seems to be quite costly in this modern game; that's something the Liverpool hierarchy know only too well.
Over the years, the Merseyside outfit have completed the signings of Andy Carroll (£35 million), Glen Johnson (£17.5m), Jordan Henderson (£20m) and there's been many more. It's easy to criticise Liverpool for their huge outlay on English stars, but in truth it's quite unfair.
At the end of the day, English players are expensive, and English teams are constantly on the lookout for the top talent the country has to offer. There's a criteria to meet, after all.
However, now and again, a bargain appears from out of nowhere. And the bargain of 2015 may well be Aston Villa's Fabian Delph. The talented 23-year-old has grown in stature in the last 12-months or so - he's now a key part of the England set-up, and deservedly so.
Liverpool, then, could land an English midfielder, who has yet to enter his prime, for absolutely nothing next summer. Brendan Rodgers and Co. just can't turn it down.
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Of course, Delph still has a long way to go to prove that he's going to be a top-class player, but he has the attributes to prove himself at the highest level in English football. He's strong, fast and can get up and down the pitch, whilst flying into tackles. He's a work-horse, but an extremely talented one.
And he would fit into the system at Liverpool, too. He certainly seems a Brendan Rodgers type of player. There's a great British core at Anfield, and Delph would no doubt excel on Merseyside as he continues to learn the game.
As we keep being reminded of late, Reds captain Steven Gerrard can't go on forever, so the club will surely be looking for a midfielder - or two - in the next transfer window. Don't get me wrong, though, Delph may not be the man to replace the Liverpool captain, but does that really matter?
Replacements are overrated anyway. Football moves on; clubs move on. Managers chang; teams change. Of course, Liverpool will need to replace Gerrard when they look for a natural leader, but they may have completely different ideas on the pitch upon his retirement.
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Jordan Henderson will only improve further over the next year or two, whilst the likes of Joe Allen and Co. will be determined to prove their worth in front of the Kop. Aston Villa's Delph may well be doing the same over the coming years.
He's not a world-class player just yet, but Rodgers can teach him and help him adapt, whilst getting the best out of him.
Delph has to become a Liverpool player next summer as Rodgers and Co. go in search of their next identity. A bargain he is, but he's also full of enthusiasm and quality, so must be picked up.
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