Why Liverpool tick the boxes for Keiszuke Honda

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Midfielder Keisuke Honda has said he’s looking to transform the way he plays ahead of a move this summer.

The Japanese star has been a long term target for Premier League side Liverpool who continue to look for good value ways to add to the youthful side of their current squad.

Honda has confirmed he is looking to leave the Russian league this summer but says his destination depends on what the club can offer him.

“If I go to a big club, I'll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I'll make then will be anything but minor,” he told Japan Times.

Liverpool are therefore, an ideal side for him considering the dramatic transformation he could make under a Brendan Rodgers team.

Rodgers is trying to create a small but dynamic team, which is capable of dominating games, building immense pressure and doing it all with the players he’s spent time developing personally.

The difference with Honda is that he already has a good pedigree of experience so he’ll be a higher profile player slotting into the midfield alongside someone like Steven Gerrard or Philippe Coutinho.

It’s also the fact that Liverpool could offer him an experience to develop, which isn’t entirely related to the way he plays.

Liverpool are going through somewhat of a transformation and as an older player in that process, Honda would become a role model for the younger players at the club.

Not only can he change the way he plays for English football, he will also change mentally and personally as he’s likely to be given greater responsibility if he goes to Anfield.

By the same process, Arsenal, who have also been linked with Honda, are in just as good a position as Liverpool to go after him.

Arsene Wenger has been scouting the player for some time and has a reliable record of taking players and transforming them into the sort of superstars they perhaps never expected to be.

However, given the current calibre of Arsenal, the finances they have available and the expectations which have been created for next season, a move for Honda may be criticised as an underwhelming transfer.

There is also the key question of whether the Gunners would even need him given their current stocks of central midfield players who can all play different roles.

It’s clear that if Liverpool want to go after him, they need to ensure that they can offer him the chance to adapt quickly, protection in that process and allow him to leave at any point in the future as a better player.

Tick all of those boxes and it could be a formality.

Do you think Liverpool are the best club for him? How would he fit in?

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