Even with Liverpool’s recent 3-2 victory over visiting Tottenham, the Premier League table reveals that manager Brendan Rodgers has some work to do in strengthening the team over the summer if the club is to return to challenging for the highest honors.
It has been a season of often frustrating inconsistency for Liverpool as positive results have quickly been followed by disappointing losses, such as the defeats to Aston Villa, Stoke and West Brom. There has been more encouragement of late, though, with Liverpool having recorded four consecutive wins in all competitions.
There is little doubt that the recent upturn in form has been helped by January arrivals Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho and Rodgers is likely to further overhaul his squad come the close season.
France international Aly Cisssokho has openly admitted that he would relish the chance to play in the Premier League, after being linked with a move to Anfield. The Valencia man is molded similarly to current Reds left-back Jose Enrique. Though Cissokho seems to be more consistent in short passing, Enrique provides a dimension of attacking flair yet to be seen in Cissokho.
”I've never hidden the fact that the English league is the one that attracts me the most,” Cissokho told Le Parisien. ”It's pleasing to see my name linked to Liverpool. They're a great club, and not just anyone can wear that shirt. But it's still just an article in a newspaper."
According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are also interested in Cissokho’s Valencia teammate Sophiane Feghouli. The 23-year-old midfielder is said to have been scouted by the Reds to potentially bolster the midfield and provide some more width and attacking flair on the flanks.
The Algeria international is currently under contract until 2016, but could be pried away from the Spanish club given their recent financial troubles. Feghouli will probably cost around £9 million and Liverpool will need to fend off interest from Paris Saint-Germain to secure his signature.
Though more speculative than likely, former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso has been linked with a return to Anfield. The Real Madrid playmaker has always been a fan favorite at Anfield and the Spaniard professes to retain close ties to the club, as well as a desire to return to play in England, according to stories in Spain reported on by the Daily Mirror.
With recent stalls to his contract extension at the Bernabeu, the 31-year old could be hoping for interest from a Premier League side. No price tag has been set for Alonso, but Liverpool could stand to capitalize on adding one of the best ball distributors in the world to their side.
The Reds are also said to be interested in 18-year-old Daniel Carr, who would very much represent a signing for the future. The Dulwich Hamlet star has been named as the “hottest non-League talent,” with interest coming from Liverpool, as well as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.
After his shift from midfield to forward, Carr has been a prolific attacking force, having scored 23 goals in 23 matches. Dulwich seems resigned to losing him, with Carr having been chosen to play in a Liverpool developmental team match against West Ham United on Tuesday.
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