Can this Sunderland star be the man to solve Liverpool's wing woes?

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Liverpool have been linked with a shock swoop to sign Sunderland winger Adam Johnson - but would he be a good signing?

Liverpool ended the season on a disappointing note after poor results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City in to steal the title, but a second place finish means the Reds are back in the Champions League - and manager Brendan Rodgers must strengthen his squad to cope with the rigours of competing in multiple competitions.

It's no secret that the Reds have been chasing a winger for some time. Failed bids for Willian and Mohamed Salah have haunted Rodgers after the duo snubbed Anfield for moves to Chelsea, whilst he will have been frustrated to see his offer for Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka fall short on deadline day in January.

With his search for a winger growing more and more frustrating, Rodgers must consider a plethora of names to make sure he lands at least one of them - despite the development of Raheem Sterling on Merseyside this season.

That has brought the Liverpool boss to consider a move for former Manchester City winger Johnson, who is currently plying his trade with Sunderland. The 26-year-old missed out on a place in England's World Cup squad this summer, despite enjoying a decent season with the Black Cats, where he scored 10 goals for the relegation-threatened side.

There are unsurprisingly some admiring glances in the direction of Johnson, but whilst Everton were hoping to land him on a season-long loan deal, Gus Poyet's men would rather sell him - which will reportedly allow Liverpool to enter the race for his signature.

The Reds hold the upper hand as they can dangle former Sunderland loanee Fabio Borini as a part-exchange option, but is Johnson good enough for the Reds?

The former Middlesbrough star has regularly blown hot and cold in the Premier League, seemingly capable of dazzling displays as well as frustrating showings. That's mostly in the nature of being a winger, but he's rarely hit the heights that he threatened to when he arrived at Manchester City.

Liverpool certainly need to add a winger this summer, and whilst Johnson may be easier to sign than some of their other targets, they shouldn't compromise quality in order to simply land a wide man. Their recent transfer failures may hang over them, but Johnson has shown little to suggest that he can take Liverpool to the next level - and Rodgers can do better.

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