'Diame could be the missing piece of Liverpool’s jigsaw'

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has encouraged his former employers to go after Mohamed Diame of West Ham United.

We already know that there are going to be three or four new signings at Liverpool this summer, we just don’t know the individuals in question and the positions they will fill.

There is definitely a clear opportunity for a defensive midfield player to come in and protect Liverpool’s defence, making that position his own and there is no reason why that shouldn’t be Mohamed Diame of West Ham United.

The size of Liverpool’s current midfield has been well publicised and it’s an area of the team, which the fans have singled out as a potential weak spot which sides are going to look at exploiting more often.

If Liverpool can increase their size and strength across the middle, these players will receive a little extra protection which should start making them all the more confident and less nervous.

Diame’s presence also logically allows Steven Gerrard and Lucas to continue to hold the two main spots in the middle of Liverpool’s team, which has been one of their strongest areas under Brendan Rodgers’ managerial reign.

He could also add to the team at the other end of the pitch as he’s bagged two goals already this season, which is probably around what you’d expect for any defensive midfield player other than Claude Makelele.

He’s a real threat when it comes to set pieces, significant because in the likes of Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez, Liverpool have players who can put the ball into good areas for him to attack at free kicks and corners.

The effect he has in a team vulnerable to pressure from the opposition has been perfectly demonstrated by his two performances for West Ham against Liverpool already this season.

He digs in and produces the sort of guts and determination which Liverpool have missed at times this season. He’s also got a great engine and a good work ethic which should help to win over sceptical Liverpool fans.

The obstacle that Liverpool have to overcome to sign the 25-year-old comes in two different forms; his contract and Sam Allardyce.

His contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2015, which means there is going to be a fee involved and considering Liverpool don’t have much cash to spend this summer, that could prevent them from going for this deal.

Sam Allardyce has also protected Diame already this season, suggesting he’s not going to leave and he’s the sort of individual who is only going top cause that transfer fee in one direction and it’s not down.

Worth a punt Liverpool fans?

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