With the January transfer window looming upon us and Liverpool’s misfiring strike force, I’m a taking look at potential signings and how they’ve performed for their clubs. I’m going to rate each player out of ten. The ratings are for probability of signing and the potential of the player. I’m looking at attacking midfielders.
Last season we signed Big Virgil, only to lose Phil Coutinho to Barcelona in the same window. The loss of Phil left a big void in our midfield; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrived in that position until his untimely injury.
Can’t help but feel this transfer could still happen, the Lyon captain had his heart set on a move to Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp wanted him. In the past we’ve revisited transfers, Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita comes to mind. He’s tailor-made for our team, great at pressing, has a brilliant free-kick, and he can play in numerous positions across the front and also can fit in behind the front three in the No. 10 role. You can see why Jürgen Klopp made him his summer priority. The only stumbling block on this one is his failed medical and his price. With 18 months left on his current contract come January, there’s every chance a deal could happen.
Lyon Games: Goals: Assists:
2017/18 40 23 8
2018/19 9 3 2
I’m rating this one: 8 out of 10. The reason he only gets an 8 is because of the failed medical. Nobody knows for sure how bad his knee is as it was all just speculation, otherwise it would be a 9 or 10.
This attacking midfielder has a lot of talent. His stats for Ajax this season are brilliant. The 25-year-old Moroccan international would be a great addition to our squad, his name has been mentioned on many occasions and he’d be a firm fan favourite. His main attributes are his free-kick ability and his technique. Ziyech has been named Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Month for October as he helped his side to win all three League games against AZ Alkmaar, Heerenven and Feyenoord that month, scoring in every one of those. He was also named Player of the Season in the Dutch League last season.
Ajax Games Goals Assists
2017/18 39 9 15
2018/19 20 8 3
I’m rating this one: 9 of 10. I’m giving him a nine because of his form this season and he’s also scored 2 goals in the Champions League. This is a player who’d have the fans on the edge of their seats.
The French international didn’t start off too well in his first season at Barca, but this season has been much better for him. He’s a player with so much potential. If he lives up to it, he could be world class. I can’t see his club wanting to part ways, however. He’s stated in the past that Barcelona is his dream club, even plotting to go on strike at Dortmund to get his move, and I’m sure Jürgen would be put off by his attitude. Also, his club would be looking to recoup all of the £96.8 million fee they paid for him. So I’d rate this transfer as highly unlikely.
Barcelona Games Goals Assists
2017/18 23 4 6
2018/19 14 6 2
I’m rating this one: 6 out of 10. He’s only getting a 6 because of value for money. It would be madness to waste £100 million on signing him.
This lad has recently burst onto the scene at Dortmund and what a talent he’s turning into. At only 18 years of age the England international represents a great investment for the future. It would be an amazing coup if we could prize him away from the Bundesliga side. All the top clubs are currently scouting this lad, he’s the hottest prospect in football at the minute. He usually operates on the left or right wing and would be great cover for our wingers. His pace and skill put fear into defenders.
Dortmund signed Sancho last season for a fee of only £8 million and he took the number 7 shirt, previously worn by Dembélé. This lad really excites me and would be my first choice from all the players available. He has similar attributes to Raheem Sterling.
Dortmund Games Goals Assist
2017/18 12 1 4
2018/19 15 5 7
I’m rating this one: 9 out of 10. This young lad has bags of potential and recently made his debut for England. He won’t be cheap but he’s well worth the investment.
It wouldn’t be a transfer window if we weren’t linked with this lad; every time his name seems to pop up. With rumours arising that contract talks have broken down with Dortmund, Christian could be put up for sale as his club might want to cash in on the attacking midfielder sooner rather than wait for him to leave on a free transfer. The American international’s father suggested in the summer that his son would be open to a move to the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp is a big admirer of his and when asked about a possible transfer in the near future he said:
“I like Christian, I’ve known him since he was a kid. He’s still not really old, he’s a fantastic player, and it’s deserved people think of him highly in America.
“In Germany, it’s the same. If he wants to play in England or whatever one day then for sure he has the chance to do so but he’s at a really good club for his development at this moment.
“It’s really good to be at a club where they know him already. He had not his best season last year but he was still a decisive player but it’s important in that age group that there’s no rush.
“He still has 14 or 15 years to play in his career and that’s good and he wants to be the best Pulisic he can be. For this, there is still space for development. If – at one point – he will join us, I don’t know.
“I like him, it’s not that that could be the problem, but we respect contracts still and there’s no market I know about at the moment. We did our business and Dortmund are doing theirs. All good.”
Dortmund Games Goals Assists
2017/18 42 4 5
2018/19 11 5 3
I’m rating this one: 8 out of 10. I’ve always been a big admirer of his, which is why he gets an 8, even though he didn’t have the best of seasons in 2017/18. But this season has been much better for him and for Dortmund. Christian has the ability to play in numerous positions which is why I think Jürgen likes him so much. If we do go in for him it will be all down to our manager.
This player doesn’t get me as excited as much as the other players do and it’s rumoured that Liverpool have watched him on many occasions. He’s a 25-year-old German midfielder of Turkish origin who plays for Hoffenheim. He came through the youth ranks at Dortmund while Jürgen Klopp was in charge. The player himself has commented on interest from Liverpool to Sky Sports in Germany. The only problem with this transfer is his preferred position is the No. 6 role, but he can play in the 8 and 10 roles too.
Hoffenheim Games Goals Assist
2017/18 27 2 3
2018/19 8 0 1
I’m rating this one: 5 out of 10. Mostly because of his stats, as they hardly get you off your seat and because he’s more of a defensive midfielder than an attacking one.
What are your thoughts on the players above? Do you agree with my assessment of their talents? Would they be a good fit for Liverpool and our system? Who would you like to see us target instead? Join the debate and let me know what you think!