Liverpool chief Michael Edwards could sign four players as January transfer window opens
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It has been a mightily impressive season for Liverpool so far as they continue to fight on all four fronts, however there is plenty of work to be done. A costly defeat to Leicester on Wednesday night has left the Reds nine points adrift of Premier League table-toppers Manchester City, and with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane soon to be away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, the January transfer window could well define Liverpool’s season.
The striking pair have already netted a combined 31 goals for the Reds so far this campaign, and with the duo set to miss up to a month’s worth of action, signings will surely have to be made to cover their significant absences.
Throw into the mix the fact that sporting director Michael Edwards – the key figure behind the successful recruitment at Anfield in recent seasons – is departing in the summer, and a very interesting January awaits.
After a decade at the club, Edwards, who is reportedly being eyed up by Real Madrid to fulfil the same role at the Santiago Bernabeu, will surely be hoping to go out with a bang and leave Liverpool as best prepared for the future as possible.
With the much-anticipated January transfer window finally open for business, Express Sport takes a closer look at four players Jurgen Klopp’s side could look to add as they get set to push for yet more silverware.
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The Porto wideman has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield and would be the ideal candidate to cover Salah and Mane as they jet off to Africa.
The Colombian winger shone as his nation finished third in this summer’s Copa America, where Diaz himself ended the competition as joint-top goalscorer alongside none other than Lionel Messi with four goals.
The 24-year-old has carried his scintillating form into this season having struck 14 times across 24 appearances while boasting a further five assists.
A hefty fee of around £67million is being touted for his highly sought-after services, but his signing would surely dispel all fears a potential blunt attack in the absence of Salah and Mane, and could be the perfect parting gift from Edwards before he embarks on a new challenge.
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Another attacker who could fill the striking void would be that of Villarreal’s Arnaut Danjuma, who has enjoyed a stellar season since joining from Championship side Bournemouth in the summer.
The Yellow Submarine forked out a fee in the region of £21.3m for the flying Dutchman and it has looked a snip as he’s taken his fine goalscoring form with the Cherries onto the bigger stages of La Liga and the Champions League.
The 24-year-old winger has struck nine times in 18 appearances so far this season, with four coming in Europe’s elite competition to help his current club secure Champions League football in the New Year.
Danjuma possesses speed, skill and an eye for goal within his armoury, and looks a surefire fit to slot straight into Liverpool’s attacking system and exciting front three. The fact that he is no stranger to English football will also be an added bonus.
Perhaps an exciting forward with a wealth of Premier League experience would be higher up on Liverpool’s order of business, in which case, Raphinha will surely be the go-to option.
The Brazilian has been the shining light in Leeds disappointing season so far, finding a Premier League net eight times despite injuries interrupting his campaign.
Amid Raphinha’s agent Deco recently revealing his client has “ambitions to play at a higher level” a number of Europe’s top clubs have been put on high alert.
Liverpool are reportedly one of those and should go all-out to make the 25-year-old trickster the latest Brazilian to join their ranks, as his pace, skill and clinical finishing suggest he would slot seamlessly into the Reds’ attack.
Another area of the pitch Liverpool could look to bolster is that of the middle of the park and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria would be a shrewd piece of business.
Injuries to midfield men has been a recurring theme in the Reds’ season so far and with James Milner turning 36 in a few days time, outgoing sporting director Edwards will surely have one eye on the future.
The Switzerland international’s current club Gladbach have confirmed the 25-year-old will depart for free in the summer following months of speculation surrounding his future.
Liverpool could strike early in January and secure a pre-contract agreement with Zakaria ahead of a free transfer in the summer or tempt Gladbach with a bid this month as the Bundesliga outfit could look to cash-in on the box-to-box midfielder following the news they are resigned to losing him.
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