Alex Song: Why Liverpool should target the Barcelona outcast

With West Ham reportedly closing in on a permanent deal for the ex-Arsenal midfielder, the Reds should swoop.

The departure of Steven Gerrard has left a hole in the centre of Liverpool’s midfield, with Brendan Rodgers needing to rethink his options in the position ahead of next season.

Although James Milner has been signed and Jordan Henderson is widely expected to fulfil the outgoing legend’s responsibilities, adding another proven player in this role would make sense for the Anfield outfit this summer.

The Telegraph stated this week that West Ham are closing in on a permanent deal for Alex Song, who played with the Hammers on loan from Barcelona last season and looked back to his best in the Premier League.

The former Arsenal midfielder is reportedly available at cut-price, with the report even suggesting that the African could be allowed to seal a Camp Nou exit on a free transfer.

With Henderson and Milner all-action players, Liverpool need a deep-lying playmaker to balance their midfield and Song could well be the perfect tonic.

Although Gerrard was one of the best box-to-box players in his pomp, in recent campaigns he has dropped into a deeper role and his distribution was a key element of the Merseyside club’s play.

Song has a superb range of passing that could well make up for Gerrard’s departure and he has proven that he is adept in possession.

This would fit into Rodgers’ philosophy and offer the Reds a type of player not currently in the Liverpool squad.

With Song available at a bargain price, the Anfielders should move quickly in an effort to steal the Cameroon international away from West Ham.

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