Despite a really encouraging second half for The Reds against Manchester United at the weekend, Liverpool are clearly still a work in progress under newish manager Brendan Rodgers. Yet more forwards are needed and Liverpool could also do with some extra class in the midfield. Lucas and Steven Gerrard will continue to anchor the engine room admirably but another really creative attacking midfielder would surely make Liverpool a more coherent and effective proposition going forward.
Most managers recoil when asked if they are planning big buys in the winter window. But there are a few obvious rich pickings available this January.
It seems increasingly likely that Frank Lampard will be leaving Chelsea and could be persuaded to move sooner rather than later. But we have seen the Gerrard/Lampard axis flounder for a decade at international level and questions remain as to whether they complement or hinder eachother when in tandem. At 34 Lampard is still a top player but Rodgers has prioritised youth in his purchases to date.
But surely Wes Sneijder would improve Liverpool. He’s still only 28 and, with Galatasaray apparently the only seriously interested party at this point, Liverpool would represent an attractive proposition for the brilliant Dutchman. Rumours abound that Sneijder would prefer a move to Liverpool than Istanbul.
It’s no secret that Sneijder is on massive wages at Inter. This seems to be the stumbling block for most interested clubs. If the midfielder wants to resurrect his stagnating career he must take a big pay cut.
But while form can be fleeting, class is permanent and Sneijder has it by the bucket load. I think that he’s still the most complete midfielder in Europe. Few can pass the ball better in the modern game and Sneijder still adds great energy and athleticism to the midfield. In addition to these qualities, we all know that he has a devastating shot on him.
This is a top class player who is in the prime of his career and is available. I know that Brendan Rodgers has a strict plan for Liverpool but surely he must have considered a punt on the Dutchman. Players of this level don’t come along often. He’s a ready made match winner and he would immediately improve Liverpool.
If Liverpool can negotiate a wage that they can afford they should surely enquire about Sneijder.
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