What if Liverpool had signed Tottenham's sensational playmaker?

Liverpool were linked with signing Christian Eriksen before he signed with Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool are top of the table and looking unbeatable at present, which can only make you wonder quite how good they would be had they secured Christian Eriksen last summer.

Eriksen dazzled for Tottenham last night in the club's 5-1 win over Sunderland, scoring once and providing two assists.

During the win he created seven goalscoring opportunities and completed 87 per cent of his total passes, a man of the match display.

After an injury lay-off at the end of last year, Eriksen has really begun to find his feet for Spurs in 2014, becoming an integral part of their side.

In all competitions, Eriksen has nine goals and nine assists this campaign, proving a bargain at £11 million.

It was in late August he signed for Tottenham, after fellow Premier League clubs had seemingly passed up the opportunity to sign the Ajax man.

The side which was closely linked were Liverpool, The Mirror reporting in July that Brendan Rodgers side were lining up a swoop for the playmaker.

The Reds eventually appeared to decide not to push on in their efforts to sign Eriksen, but his form this campaign begs the question just how good they would have been had they done so?

An injury to Coutinho earlier in the campaign illustrated how Liverpool lacked effective cover for the position without the Brazilian, with Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto showing they were not ready to step up and be effective in the Premier League.

Danish international Eriksen has, like Coutinho, adapted instantly, and been the one shining light among Tottenham's much-criticised seven summer signings.

Six of his goals and six of his assists have come in the Premier League, and had Liverpool snapped him up for the bargain price Tottenham did, there is every reason to believe their narrow lead at the top of the table would be extended.

It's not that Eriksen would have been an understudy to Coutinho, as manager Brendan Rodgers would have had to find a way to accommodate both. Next season however with the challenge being for Liverpool in terms of squad rotation, balancing the Champions League and Premier League, the signing of the Dane would have been even more beneficial.

Their loss is certainly Tottenham's gain, with Tim Sherwood's side having little to smile about in recent weeks, the Dane's supreme form is at least giving them reason to be positive and knowledge there is a genuine talent to build their future around.

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