It has been a resurgent year for Liverpool, as the Reds have raised hopes of a potential Premier League title challenge, despite failing to finish in the top four since 2009. Brendan Rodgers’s squad share second place with Chelsea and are just two points behind leaders Arsenal.
Still, with the transfer window opening in just two months, Liverpool may be one of the more active clubs in the market. Rodgers continued his overhaul of the squad over the summer, but, if he hopes to remain in contention for a Champions League spot, an upgrade in certain positions might be in order.
Holding on to current players might be a priority, too. In recent days, there has been much discussion about Daniel Agger’s possible exit. The Denmark international has not started a game since Rodgers switched to a three-man back line and his commitment to the club was called into question after telling a Danish television channel he would consider a move from Anfield if he didn’t receive more playing time. But Agger subsequently tweeted that he wasn’t going anywhere. Liverpool rejected an offer from Barcelona for the 28-year-old over the summer, while he was also the subject of a rejected bid from Manchester City in 2012.
The most notable name linked to the Reds this week has been Karim Benzema, but the French forward’s potential arrival at Anfield would mean Luis Suarez heading in the opposite direction. According to Daily Star, Real Madrid are interested in a January deal that involves Benzema and £20 million to land the Uruguayan. Both Suarez and Benzema were heavily involved in transfer speculation over the summer, with Arsenal submitting two failed bids for the Uruguayan.
In the midst of Suarez’s stunning form since returning from suspension, Rodgers has maintained that his star forward isn’t going anywhere.
"He is better off here because we are growing," Rodgers said about Suarez, according to ESPN. "He can grow as well and he has the support of everyone here. Even if we were mid-table, I would maintain this was the place for him to be.
"He is a player of such quality. He has such a high level of performance. What he's incredible at is making something out of nothing.”
While Benzema has had a poor start to the season, even being booed by his own fans, he is likely to have no intention of joining a club who have not been regulars in the Champions League of late.
Liverpool and Tottenham are apparently in a battle for Basel’s Mohamed Salah, according to Daily Mail. The publication has linked the 21-year-old winger to both clubs this month, with a mooted price tag of £15 million. The Egyptian starlet impressed in Basel’s run to the Europa League semifinals last season.
Meanwhile, there is again speculation linking 18-year-old Will Hughes with a move to Anfield. The Telegraph reports that Derby County want at least £12 million for the midfielder, who has also been heavily linked to Manchester United.
Daniel Amartey is another teenager who has been rumored to be on Liverpool’s radar for January, according to Daily Mail and Daily Star. At just 18, Amartey has already made an impression with Swedish club Djurgardens and is valued at about £1.5 million. The possible deal would involve the Ghana youth international being loaned back to Djurgardens until he qualifies for a work permit.
An IB Times staff reporter contributed to this report.
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