Likelihood of 10 Liverpool transfer rumours: Wonderkid, Alonso & 14 goal/ 10 game striker

Xabi Alonso

HITC profile the top 10 (in no particular order!) Liverpool transfer rumours to have been circulating since the closing of the summer window.

10): Brendan Rodgers

Arguably not an import or an export, but with 18 months left on the manager's current contract, the upper brass at Anfield already recognise that the Ulsterman's deal must be extended - with improved wages - sooner, rather than later. Under Rodgers, Liverpool have spent well in the transfer market, have gotten the best out of Luis Suarez and are in the mix not just for a spot in the top four, but the title outright.

9): Javier Pastore

Valued at £26m by transfermarkt.co.uk, the name of Javier Pastore has been linked with Liverpool by a number of Britain's printed press (Daily Star, Metro, The Express, as well as TalkSPORT). Paris Saint Germain are in no pressing need to sell the playmaker and, while he would provide competition for Philippe Coutinho on Merseyside, he would represent more of a luxury buy than a pressing one.

8): Will Hughes

It is no secret that Rodgers' man-management is equally effective on superstars (Suarez) as it is on players on the cusp of excellence (Daniel Sturridge) and youngsters (Raheem Sterling last season, Jon Flanagan this year), so it is no surprise to see an emergent wonderkid on Liverpool's apparent list of most wanted. Hughes has been mighty impressive for Derby County but, in midfield, the Reds are already blessed with a number of promising youth players…

7): Daniel Agger

Recently associated with a transfer to Napoli, in order to be reunited with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and team-mate Pepe Reina, the Daily Mail opine a January loan move could materialise in the coming month.

6): Cristian Tello

With limited opportunities to break into the senior squad at Barcelona, Tello - today, December 31 - has been rumoured to be ready to join Liverpool on a loan basis where he will receive more pitch time. A 22-year-old, Tello is most effective from wide positions, is able to hold on to the ball with glue-feet, can pick a pass as well as a cutting through ball and is known for his dribbling. He is more adept from left that he is from the right.

5): Iago Aspas

Even though he has only been on the Liverpool books for a half-season, Aspas has seen his name mentioned with an almost immediate exit. His role is that of understudy, to play second fiddle to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, but if he were to leave, permanently or on loan, one thing that will be guaranteed is that Rodgers et al will have a ready-made replacement to act as cover - or competition - for SAS…

4): Konstantinos Mitroglou

…and that player could be Greek superstar Mitroglou, holder of a ridiculous goal-scoring record at Olympiacos as the 25-year-old has netted 14 and assisted twice from ten Super League appearances (a strike efficiency rate of a goal/assist produced once every 46 minutes on average). He is also productive in Champions League competition, scoring thrice and assisting once from five appearances or a strike efficiency of one goal/assist every 112.5 mins.

3): Xabi Alonso

This is arguably the player Liverpool need most. It is the position they require most help in and he is a player who already knows the culture, the club and the competitiveness of the Premier League, is a fan favourite, an accomplished and proven midfielder… could Rodgers secure what would be a sensational return of a Champions League winner?

2): Martin Montoya

Like Alonso, Montoya is also a player in a position that Liverpool are apparently ready to recruit in. The Barcelona player's contract expires in six months and they may be more likely to do business now, to maximise their financial return, rather than lose Montoya on a free transfer in the summer.

1): Mohamed Salah

Like Cristian Tello, the British press are near enough convinced that Mohamed Salah will be Liverpool's at some point - most likely early - in the next month. The FC Basel forward has had the better of Chelsea already this season, is one of Egypt's biggest stars and has been likened to Frenchman Franck Ribery.

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