One player Liverpool should have signed in January

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Liverpool's pursuit of Yevhen Konoplyanka ended in disaster as the Dnipro winger stayed in Ukraine, but who should they have actually signed in January?

The Reds made a late transfer window push to sign Ukrainian international Konoplyanka in a bid to solve their problems on the flanks, but fell short just before the deadline.

Loan signing Victor Moses has yet to make an impact since his move from Chelsea, and whilst youngster Raheem Sterling has been impressive of late, Rodgers understandably wanted to add more depth out wide in order to secure a top four place.

Driven by strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool are making a concerted push towards Champions League football once again, but Rodgers is crying out for more firepower, despite their recent 4-0 demolition of local rivals Everton, and had been linked with moves for a number of wingers, including Diego Capel, Thomas Ince and now-Chelsea player Mohamed Salah.

With Ince moving to Crystal Palace and Salah turning down a switch to Anfield in favour of Jose Mourinho's Blues, Rodgers missed out on a couple of players, yet could have bagged a winger who could also have covered at left back in Jose Enrique's absence with a knee injury.

Mexican international Andres Guardado had established himself as a key player for La Liga side Valencia since his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna in 2012, but new manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has arrived at the Mestalla with his own plans for the club – which didn't involve Guardado, who has now moved to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen to join up with Sami Hyypia's side.

Yet, with problems at left back and on the wing, Liverpool could have trumped their former star by bagging the 27-year-old.

Guardado moved to Germany in a loan deal until the end of the season, and with Liverpool expected to make another move for Dnipro's Konoplyanka in the summer, the Mexican could have arrived in a short-term stay until the Reds can attack the market with vigour once again.

Guardado would have arrived as a valuable member of the squad who has the pace, trickery and end product to contribute heavily in Liverpool's pursuit of Champions League football – yet now, Rodgers has to rely on the youthful Sterling and Philippe Coutinho in order to break into the top four.

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