Liverpool remain linked with Wesley Sneijder. Here's why they should sign him.
Wesley Sneijder remains the most talked about transfer target in European football. Perhaps one of these days he will move on from Inter Milan and put an end to the speculation.
His time is running out, we are past the halfway point in the January transfer window and Sneijder himself says that his relationship with Inter is 'past the point of no return'.
He is dallying over a move to Turkey, believed to be waiting for a firm offer from the Premier League. Liverpool are said to have made tentative enquiries with his representatives, and a move remains an option.
Here are five reasons the club should sign him.
His star power will bring a buzz and excitement back to Anfield
Liverpool have had a lean few years, while the title remains the holy grail, right now just qualifying for the Champions League would be a huge achievement. Their time out of Europe's elite competition means that the Reds have dropped off the radar slightly when it comes to attracting Europe's top players. Look at this summer's arrivals; Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi, and Samed Yesil - None of who exactly had fans celebrating in the street. If Liverpool could convince Sneijder to join, it would prove they can still compete for Europe's best players. Sneijder is 'only' playing the Europa League at present so a switch to Liverpool would only be a sideways step from that point of view. If Liverpool could get Sneijder, they would be the talk of world football once again.
His experience will help the team win big games
Liverpool's performances this season have picked up, but they have failed to win against any of the top 10 teams in the Premier League. Sneijder can bring a winning mentality and experience which will help the Reds 'get over the hump' and pick up a big win. He will have a fear factor which will cause other teams to pay him extra attention, which will also allow his teammates to flourish. With the Reds still in the FA Cup, if Liverpool can progress to the latter stages, Sneijder could even be instrumental in helping Liverpool go one better than last year and win the competition, ensuring the club win silverware for the second year in a row.
He will take the pressure off Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is getting no younger, by time next season comes around he will be 33. Sneijder is four years younger and will be 29 in June, and still has much to offer. Even still, Liverpool are far too reliant on Gerrard in central midfield for creativity, and rightly so, he leads the Premier League in assists this season with eight (joint with Juan Mata). Sneijder would ease the burden on Gerrard and the Englishman would surely love the chance to play alongside another senior proven world class midfielder.
He will help Liverpool's talented youngsters
It won't just be Gerrard who benefits from Sneijder's arrival, the whole Liverpool squad will love having him around, but most of all the youngsters, who no doubt were watching his World Cup 2010 performances in awe. Imagine their reactions and the buzz at training when Sneijder turns up for the first time. Players like Suso and Raheem Sterling can only benefit from playing alongside such a talented performer, and become even better players themselves. Young striker and new signing Daniel Sturridge should also thrive off his service, as of course will star signing Luis Suarez.
He will ensure other star players follow him to Liverpool
Back to our first point, Sneijder will bring a buzz to Liverpool with his arrival and prove they can compete for the world's best players. The second effect of this, is that it will likely prelude the arrival of more top class stars. By securing Sneijder, Liverpool can lure other future signings to the club who will consider that if the Dutchman decided Anfield is the place to be, they should go there too. His signing can be a real catalyst and turning point for the club moving forward, and that's why Brendan Rodgers must do all in his power to make it happen.
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