Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has outlined the players that Liverpool need to sign in the January transfer window.
With the Reds struggling in the Premier League at the moment and already out of the Champions League, there are strong reports that manager Brendan Rodgers will (try to) reinforce his squad for the second half of the season.
Savage, who now works as a BBC Sport pundit, has advised Rodgers to make moves for the following players: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (Swansea City) and Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
“If Rodgers gets money to spend then Liverpool definitely need a new goalkeeper, a commanding centre-half to organise the defence and lead the team, plus two strikers,” wrote Savage, before going on to explain his choices.
Simon Mignolet has looked vulnerable between the posts for Liverpool and there are suggestions that he could be sold either in January or next summer, but signing Chelsea’s Cech to replace him next month is simply wishful thinking.
The Czech Republic international is playing for one of the strongest teams in Europe and has the chance to win the Premier League and the Champions League.
What will Cech win with Liverpool this season? The Europa League?
True, Cech is the number two at Chelsea, but leaving the Blues for Liverpool will be a step down for the 32-year-old who still remains a world-class goalkeeper.
Vlaar is rated very highly and is reported to be on the radar of Manchester United, but how many more defenders can Liverpool accommodate?
Last season Dejan Lovren looked brilliant, but this campaign he has struggled. What’s to say that Vlaar won’t suffer a similar dip in form if he switches from Villa to Liverpool in January?
Swansea’s William would be a good option, but will the Welsh outfit sell him in the middle of the season?
Speaking of Liverpool’s need for a striker, Savage stated: “Edinson Cavani would have been ideal (in the summer), but the question is can they afford a player of that ilk after spending so much already in the summer?
“Swansea's Wilfried Bony might be more affordable, even though he has just signed a new contract.”
Once again, wishful thinking. Cavani has not looked exactly great at Paris Saint-Germain, but like Cech, it would be a step down for him to leave the French club and join a Liverpool team that has more average players than a top-four chasing side should.
Bony is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and could well be available next summer for a good price, but it is very unlikely that the Swans will be willing to make a deal in January.