Liverpool’s stellar 4-0 derby victory over Everton may have shed any concerns that the Reds lack the firepower to remain among the Premier League’s elite.
Forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have combined for 36 goals this season in a resurgent Liverpool season. The Reds are seeking a return to the Champions League after several disappointing Premier League seasons.
But in order for Brendan Rodgers’s side to stay in contention for a top-four spot in the table, while keeping Suarez’s attention beyond next summer, they may to need to make a splash January signing.
Re-enforcements could come from recent target Yevhen Knoplyanka, a Dnipro winger of Ukrainian heritage, according to The Telegraph. The 24-year-old would make up for the loss of Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, and further bolster the Reds scoring abilities.
Since 2007, he has netted 25 total goals in 125 appearances for Dnipro, and another eight goals for Ukraine’s national team over the last three years.
The cost is expected to be in the £16 million range, but Liverpool are likely wary of another club once again swooping in like Chelsea did with Salah. Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal have all scouted and considered Knoplyanka in the past.
Another move to improve Rodgers’s midfield and defense due to injuries to Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen, could see the end of defender Daniel Agger’s long tenure at Merseyside.
According to Metro, Agger might be keen to rejoin former boss Rafa Benitez at Serie A club Napoli, but the Italian side will have to ship midfielder Gokhan Inler in exchange.
The Danish Agger was first lured to Anfield by Benitez, and has spent the last seven years as one of the focal points of Liverpool’s defense. He has made an impressive 166 appearances for Liverpool, but a calf injury suffered earlier this month has kept Agger out.
The Swiss Inler, 29, has spent the last six years in Italy, first with Udinese and then Napoli for the last two seasons. While the possible addition of Inler may seem like a band aid, the player is actually under contract until 2016 and could be a solid long-term replacement.