5 players whom Liverpool should try to sign this summer
It has been a season full of disappointments for Liverpool. Premier League silver medalists of last season, the Reds failed to reproduce the magic of last term despite forking out over a £100 million in the market and have fallen well off the pace in the race for the league crown. Also with Steven Gerrard lounging off the coast to the States this summer and the likes of Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling most likely to follow him through the exit door, the Merseysiders are set to undergo a change.
In the interest of restoring lost pride, manager Brendan Rodgers has quite some decisions to make in the upcoming transfer window. With the rumour mill rife with links to the club, we take a look at 5 players whom the Reds should realistically target.
1.Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)
Last season, Liverpool pillaged not one, not two, but three players away from Southampton – Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren and this summer, they might come back to haunt the Saints in pursuit of their another star in Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman is one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League and is set to depart Hampshire this summer.
One of the major reasons for Liverpool’s torrid campaign was how feebly they conceded goals. The defence was profligate and moreover, had no defensive midfielder to shield them. In Schneiderlin, they may have just found that man.
Schneiderlin would adapt to Liverpool’s system in numerous ways, given his comfort in playing in a midfield 2 or 3. His penchant to drop deep when needed, keep possession or even make tackles only makes him a necessity to Liverpool. The 25-year old has all the necessary tools to fill in for Gerrard and can prove to be invaluable in their quest to challenge for the title.
2.Nebil Fekir (Lyon)
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is hogging the limelight and tops the wishlist of some big guns of Europe such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, so chances of him moving to Liverpool, who are also said to be his admirers, looks bleak. However, they can also be contended by snapping up his partner-in-crime Nebil Fekir, who has also managed to grab some eyeballs.
Having made his senior debut just 2 summers ago, the Frenchman has come of age this season after a mediocre debut campaign with Les Gones. In 34 league appearances this season, Fekir has accrued 13 goals and 9 assists and his ferocious partnership with Lacazette has fired Lyon back into the Champions League.
His nifty dribbles, impeccable set-pieces, excellent ball retention and effervesence in the attack makes him a complete package and could turn out to be a promising signing.