When Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool as its coach his assured manner and confidence in his football philosophy went down well with the club's fans.
He was quoted as saying: 'I want to see great attacking football with creativity and imagination with relentless pressing of the ball'.
Great attacking football has been missing for quite a while at Liverpool and Rodgers will need to rebuild if his mantra is to become a reality. The four players below possess the necessary skills and expertise to make a significant difference at Liverpool.
1. CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN
At the tender age of 20, Christian Eriksen, a Danish player currently playing for Ajax has drawn many admirers the world over. The youngster already has over 25 full international caps to his name and was named the Dutch football talent of the year and Danish football player of the year in 2011.
Assured on the ball, an admirable bag of tricks in his repertoire and playing with a confidence that belies his young age, Eriksen may be the answer to Liverpool's long search for a creative midfielder after the gap that was created when Xabi Alonso left the club.
Brendan Rodgers will likely appreciate the fact that Eriksen is a good passer and dribbler of the ball, the bare minimum required by the Liverpool manager. In Euro 2012 while playing for Denmark Eriksen has been deployed in a variety of roles but has seemed particularly comfortable on the right side of midfield.
Eriksen would be a good bargain purchase for Liverpool, though if they are interested, they would need to move quickly as several clubs including Arsenal have expressed interest.
2. LOUCAS MOURA
Loucas Moura is another youngster drawing the attention of several clubs around the world.
The 20-year-old plays for Sao Paolo in Brazil as an attacking midfielder.
Supremely talented, Loucas is a rising star in Brazil. In a country gifted with many skilled players he has carved a name for himself by combining finesse with determination.
Loucas can add a lot of value to the Liverpool club. He is an excellent dribbler, a brilliant passer and reads the game well. He can fit into the heart of the Liverpool midfield just playing behind the main striker. He is also certain to spark a beneficial partnership with his country man Lucas who is expected back in the Liverpool midfield after a long injury lay off.
The only problem that Liverpool may face is the high price tag that Sao Paolo will certainly attach to him if they agree to let him go.
3. MILOS KRASIC
Krasic, a 27-year old Serb, plays for Juventus where he is usually deployed as a right sided midfielder.
Most of Krasic's successes have been with CSKA Moscow the club he played for before joining Juventus. At CSKA, he won the UEFA Cup in 2004-2005, the Russian title in 2005 and 2006 and the Russian Cup and Super Cup 7 times
In addition, Krasic has a lot of international experience having played for Serbia and Montenegro from the under-21 team to the senior level over the years.
Krasic is gifted with an incredible turn of pace, great technical ability and excellent dribbling skills. He would fit into well into the right side of midfield and provide the telling crosses that Andy Carroll has been craving for.
4. THIAGO ALACANTRA
The 21-year old central midfielder plys his trade with FC Barcelona.
Thiago has a good pedigree with his father Mazinho having won the world cup with Brazil though Thiago plays for Spain having moved to the country at the age of 5 with his father. Interestingly he was born in Italy.
Thiago is very talented. His skills on the ball are arguably of the ilk of Xavi and Cesc Fabregas; some argue he is even better. Thiago has been mostly used as a fringe player by Barcelona a fact that would make a move to the Premier League and an assurance of regular first team football an interesting prospect.
It is rumoured that Thiago has a buy-out clause of 30 million pounds in his contract which may make even a club like Liverpool balk at the prospect of spending so much money on such a young player though the potential benefits that Thiago will offer Liverpool may make the club consider a bid.
One waits to see which players Brendan Rodgers will eventually purchase. Whichever players he does finally settle on it promises to be an exciting season at Anfield.
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