Why the January transfer window is a big one for Liverpool

The last January window was used as a springboard for the Reds, this one could be even bigger.

Considering the position Liverpool are in in the Premier League, there is a massive expectation that the side should at least finish in the top four this season.

They currently sit a point behind fourth placed Everton and are six points off Arsenal at the top of the table. For as long as Liverpool have finished outside the Champions League places, going back to 2010, the target has always been to return to the top table of European football.

Now, Liverpool have a real chance for the first time in that period to achieve their objective. But the side needs to improve further – and though many will say there is no real value in the January transfer market, it could prove to be a massive transfer window for Liverpool.

Over the Christmas period, we have seen that despite improvements to the squad in the previous window in the summer, the squad still lacks the depth to match that of Manchester City and Chelsea.

And if the previous transfer window is anything to go by, the Reds can dispel the myth surrounding the January window – where last summer they signed Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge who have become integral parts of the side.

Now with Liverpool probably going through their worst phase of injuries so far this season, it is going to become even more essential that they get players in who can improve and add depth to the side in order to sustain a challenge for the top for – rather than it just peter out and another season away from where the club feels it belongs – plus the possibility that Luis Suarez may get itchy feet again if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League and Real Madrid come calling.

If Liverpool could add the necessary quality in this window they could get themselves into the top four, they could be in good shape going into the next season as well, if they don’t then another season and drama off the field could await. We all know which one they would prefer.

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