How Liverpool can take advantage of midfield overcrowding at Spurs

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Liverpool can take advantage of the overcrowding in Tottenham’s midfield this summer with the capture of former target Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Brendan Rodgers has always been an admirer of Gylfi Sigurdsson and he should seriously consider rekindling his interest in the versatile midfielder and trying to poach him from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Sigurdsson was a victim of the he overcrowding in terms of midfielders at White Hart Lane last season, making just 12 Premier League starts and coming off the bench on a staggering 21 occasions.

It was not the start he would have been hoping for to his Tottenham career and it’s difficult to see how his immediate situation at White Hart Lane is going to change ahead of next season.

He did say he was sure he’d made the right choice last season choosing North London over Merseyside but that’s a statement he may now regret.

Spurs have numerous midfielders who can all play centrally and in wide positions, which makes it difficult for the Icelandic international to get into the team.

Scott Parker, Lewis Holtby, Sandro, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Mousa Dembele, Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore are all among the names competing against him for starting places which emphasis the scale of his task in terms of holding down a position - Some of those may be sold, and if they are, expect them to be replaced with even higher quality replacements.

Liverpool are a club that always seem to be scouting for the best possible value and if they could get Sigurdsson for around the £9 million that Spurs paid for him, that’s a deal Brendan Rodgers could get past the Liverpool board.

On the one hand Liverpool were praised last season for injecting younger players into the first team, which they had to do because they had no choice.

On the other hand it was a criticism for the slow start the side made, which is something that Rodgers will want to avoid heading into the new season as he looks to turn Liverpool into a top four team.

The obvious argument against a Sigurdsson to Liverpool move is that he’d just be swapping one problem for the same issue at another side.

However, the difference is Sigurdsson is guaranteed a place down the left or through the middle of Liverpool’s team because he’s a better proposition for some of the more inexperienced options that Rodgers has been using.

The problem, as it always will be with any club looking to buy from Spurs, is Daniel Levy who could make it difficult for Liverpool to get good value in the deal.

Liverpool are trying to become self reliable in a financial sense, which means they can’t pay tens of millions for players at the moment in the transfer market.

The tactic Levy can use to keep Sigurdsson at the club is simply over pricing him unless he expresses a desire to leave for more regular football in which case even Levy would be powerless.

Liverpool could try a loan deal with a view to a permanent switch which Spurs may be more open to next season, if they are successful in bringing in midfield targets like Fredy Guarin and Bernard. It could give Liverpool a chance to go after a player Rodgers has always had one eye on.

Would Liverpool be a good move for Sigurdsson? Do you think he’s got a big role to play at Tottenham?

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