Since Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool in October, fans of the Merseyside club have expected big changes to the squad which currently sit eighth in the Premier League.
After former manager Brendan Rogers spent upwards of £75 million in the summer, a squad which now includes the likes of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and the experienced James Milner has arguably underperformed this season, five points adrift of the Champions League playoff spot.
It is obvious to many, no more so than Liverpool supporters, that this squad isn’t living up to its price tag and despite last night's entertaining 3-3 draw against league leaders Arsenal, serious changes are needed – fast! Below are five players that could turn Liverpool’s season around.
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1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Barcelona
German international Ter Stegen joined Barcelona in 2012 in a €12 million deal from Borussia Monchengladbach but since his arrival, he has struggled to make an impact at the Catalan giants.
Having only made 4 league appearances for Barca, he has been in the shadow of the more experienced Claudio Bravo, and could be tempted by a move to Anfield. He could prove to be the perfect answer to the questionable performances of Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal currently.
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2. Kyriakos Papadopoulos – Bayer Leverkusen
Papadopoulos has been a regular performer for Bundesliga side Leverkusen over the past two seasons since joining from Schalke (initially on loan), with the Greek international winning over his critics and fans with solid, resolute defending and brave performances.
Having been previously linked with Liverpool, his Champions League experience may help him to be the player to fill the gaps in Klopp's injury-stricken back four.
3. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich
Since Gotze burst onto the European scene with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund back in 2012, the young German has never looked back; moving to Bayern Munich for €37 million and scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final is as good as any young player could ask for.
Gotze’s superb dribbling and goal-scoring ability has made him one of the most sought after attacking midfielders in Europe and he would likely relish a reunion with his old mentor Klopp, having said in a recent interview: "I've worked under him. He is a very good coach, definitely” Gotze has distanced himself from a move away, but Liverpool could be tempted to test this resolve with a £30 million offer.
4. Alexandre Pato – Corinthians (Sao Paolo on loan)
The career of Alexandre Pato only seemed to be going in one direction back in 2010 – up!
As one of AC Milan’s most cherished forwards in his early 20s, the young Brazilian was tipped to take world football and dominate it for the next ten years. But injuries and poor form had other ideas, which resulted in him transferring to Corinthians in Brazil in 2012.
Now on loan at Sao Paulo, the pacey striker could be the perfect answer to provide cover for the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge and misfiring Christian Benteke.
5. Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
Mahrez is one of the key reasons Leicester currently occupy a Champions League place in the Premier League.
His impressive scoring record of 13 league goals so far and after developing a formidable partnership with Jamie Vardy, Mahrez has caught the eye of many Premier League clubs.
Purchasing him could be a risk; he could be as disappointing as Lazar Markovic was, but Mahrez has already proven himself in the league and could be exactly the player Liverpool need to reinvigorate their season.
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