Liverpool are plotting to make a series of transfers in the January transfer window, with Brendan Rodgers set to spend as much as £47 million on new faces.
According to the Daily Express the Reds boss has a three-man shortlist of players he wants as a priority, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech included. Following Liverpool’s disastrous start to the season Rodgers has determined that new faces are needed, and the winter transfer window will provide him with the perfect opportunity to relieve some of the pressure he is under.
It’s said that Cech is joined by the highly-rated Nathan Redmond and Porto sensation Jackson Martinez on the aforesaid wish-list, with the former having impressed in the Premier League last season and the latter being considered one of Europe’s top forwards.
Despite having spent well over £100 million over the course of the summer, with the funds raised from the sale of Luis Suarez having covered the majority of that outlay, the Reds have looked a shadow of the team which almost pipped Manchester City to the league last term and their current position of 12th is proof that problems are rife.
Fixing the issues
Chief amongst their issues however is their leaky back-line, which Rodgers clearly feels could be helped by the addition of a goalkeeper with prove world-class pedigree. The £7 million-rated Cech, whose contract sees him earn £120,000-a-week, might not be able to force Thibaut Courtois from the No.1 spot at Stamford Bridge but he’s still an extremely reputable talent, and his experience in major competitions would be a significant boost.
It’s a similar story with regards to their interest in Martinez, who is valued by Porto at around £30 million, as Mario Balotelli has failed to hit the ground running and Daniel Sturridge’s persistent injury problems have left Liverpool with no prolific hit-man to lead their line. The England international was recently ruled out until after the New Year, leaving Rodgers’s attacking options in tatters.
Rodgers's ticking clock
Though many would guard against large-scale change the Northern Irishman is well aware of the pressure on his shoulders with regards to achieving a finish comparable to last term’s. Anfield chiefs John W Henry and Tom Werner are said to be willing to give him time to stop the rot, but just how much remains to be seen.