Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers considered a late move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song earlier this week when it emerged that Jordan Henderson might be in for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
According to the Daily Mirror Rodgers ummed and aahed over whether or not to try and land Song on a short-term deal, with the Cameroon international having no future at the Nou Camp.
The ex-Arsenal man spent last season on loan at West Ham and became an important part of their midfield, showing that he still has what it takes to cut it in the Premier League.
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That, coupled with the fact that Henderson was suspected to have suffered a hairline fracture during the narrow 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night, led Rodgers to consider him as an inexpensive option ahead of a vital early season clash with Arsenal this weekend.
No long-term issues
Fortunately for the Reds Henderson’s recent scans have shown no major damage to the midfielder’s foot, meaning that he might even be able to make the trip to the Emirates Stadium for Monday’s encounter with Arsene Wenger’s men.
His return - if indeed realised - will allay fears that Rodgers had over being left with no protection for his back four.
Lucas Leiva is currently out of favour and Joe Allen is injured for the next two weeks, meaning the Reds may have been understaffed.
Yet Rodgers’ choice not to try and land Song - who is awaiting a medical ahead of sealing a switch to West Ham permanently - looks to have been the right one, with Henderson almost certain to slot back into the middle of the park in time to deal with the threat posed by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez.
That said the Reds continue to be linked with Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi, and Spanish sources claim a £10million bid has been made.
He occupies the role in front of the back four on a regular basis, so perhaps Rodgers is preparing for Lucas’ permanent exit.
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