One month remains until the January transfer period, and with injuries piling up, Liverpool could be major players on the market.
Defender Jose Enrique underwent successful knee surgery but will be out until February, and Philippe Coutinho will be used in a limited capacity while he recovers from an ankle injury.
But the biggest blow comes from striker Daniel Sturridge, who sprained his ankle during training, and will reportedly be out for six-to-eight weeks. Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances this season, and he along with Luis Suarez is one of the main reasons the Reds stormed out of the Premier League gate.
Boss Brendan Rodgers voiced his concerns about his side’s lack of depth as the campaign makes the turn.
“Daniel is out for up to eight weeks, which is a big blow for us, and Phillipe didn't train all week. He had injections just to get on the bench,” Rodgers said according to ESPN. “It's difficult if you take those two out, two players who have been very efficient for us this season. This little period will test us now, but players will come in and it's a great opportunity to a stake a claim.
“We have a very busy period coming up and we've got a squad that needs as many of its good players as possible, so it's not ideal.”
Despite proclaiming opportunities for players on the bench, the Reds are actively pursuing options outside of Merseyside, including another run at Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Needed specifically to fill in for Enrique, Bertrand could be a regular starter for Rodgers, rather than one EPL appearance this season for Chelsea. Liverpool tried to pry the English international from Stamford Bridge in the summer, but he resisted while hoping for more time under Jose Mourinho.
The Telegraph stated the Blues could demand upwards of £8 million for Bertrand, who signed a five-year contract for £35,000 a week back in September.
Another option involves Barcelona defender Martin Montoya, with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre traveling to Spain to iron out a transfer for 22-year-old, as reported by The Express. Montoya’s contract runs out next summer, so the Spanish giants might be wise to bring back a fee rather than nothing in return for the versatile back.
The Reds have also thrown their hat into the ring for Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan and, along with Manchester United, are considering a move to pay the midfielder’s £33 million buyout clause, according to The Express.
The 26-year-old attacker has expressed his desire to play in England, but Atletico Madrid should ask for the full amount of the buyout clause with Turan notching three goals and five assists and the club right behind Barcelona for the La Liga lead.
Liverpool also has a star to target next summer in Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The 27-year-old Frenchman wants to return to Champions League competition, and Liverpool could be the club to get him there. As reported by the Daily Star, the Magpies will take no less than £20 million for Cabaye.
Cabaye’s two goals and two assists have played a huge role in Newcastle’s recent impressive three-match run against Tottenham, Norwich City, and West Brom.
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