The only Asian player Liverpool should be trying to sign this summer is Sung-Yueng Ki of Swansea City.
Ki has just completed his first season in English football following a move down South from Celtic in the Scottish Premier League and he’s performed admirably in Michael Laudrup’s team.
He started 20 matches for the Swans and came up with three assists but most importantly he showed that he looks very comfortable with the pace and the physical nature of the Premier League.
He would be perfect for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool because he embodies every positive aspect about what Rodgers is currently trying to create at Anfield.
He’s one of those players who will run his socks off and he’s versatile which gives Rodgers plenty of different options over how to use him in the Liverpool midfield.
Ki is not first choice for Swansea so the prospect of a big fee to buy out the last two years of his deal with the club is not so daunting and much more affordable.
The move would also allow him to maintain his international career with South Korea where he’s won 50 caps already despite only being 24-years-old.
Liverpool are a club all about good value and using money sensibly which means the importance for Rodgers to be able to sign players who can play more than one role will increase.
He is a competent enough player in the middle of the park to be able to sit and hold which will release the likes of Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho to focus solely on their job inside the opponent’s final third.
Rodgers has already utilised his contacts at Swansea to enable the high profile and key signings of Joe Allen from the Welsh club, along with Fabio Borini who he managed on loan from Roma.
He was forced to use a lot of younger players in his match day squads at the start of last season, which makes it more significant for him now to have more experienced options ready to come into the side.
There is nothing wrong with Liverpool’s Development Squad, it’s one of the best in the country but Ki for a good value fee would represent good business and give Rodgers a slightly more reliable option alongside Gerrard, Lucas, Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool could still go after Honda and Son Heung-Min but they will have to pay inflated fees for either of those players, who may not show half the desire and commitment to succeed in England as Ki.
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