Liverpool tracking Benfica attacker – why he is not what they need

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The Merseyside club have been linked with a move for Netherlands international Ola John, but is he the player that can help them going forward?

Liverpool are expected to be one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window in January, as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a squad capable of finishing in the top four.

With Daniel Sturridge struggling for fitness and likely to be on the sidelines for up to two months, there is an emphasis on signing attacking players for the Anfield outfit.

One name being mentioned as a possible target in the European press today is Benfica attacker Ola John.

The Netherlands international has been in and out of the Portuguese giants’ starting XI, and as such could well be available on loan or for a permanent switch.

Portuguese newspaper Record have suggested that Liverpool made an effort to sign John in the summer transfer window, and are eager to revisit the opportunity in the new year.

However, what would the former Twente man add to Rodgers’ contingent?

John is renowned for his trickery, skill and pace, but predominantly operates as a winger. He is versatile enough to play on either flank and can even be used through the middle at a push.

However, looking at Liverpool’s current squad and John’s track record, he does not seem like a transfer target that they should be looking to sign.

The Reds have the likes of Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling on their books, while the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson can also play in wide positions if needed.

With the goalscoring burden likely to be solely on Luis Suarez for the foreseeable future and just how long Sturridge is likely to be out for still to be determined, a player that is capable of playing as a striker looks like a more suitable candidate for inclusion in January.

John could be compared to Liverpool flop Oussama Assaidi, as both have prospered in the Eredivisie and assume wide roles based around their speed.

The Morocco international was not given a chance to shine at Anfield, and there is every chance that John could well suffer the same fate if he moves to Merseyside.

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