It’s worth remembering that these days, a combination of small transfer budgets and players available in key positions mean Liverpool automatically get linked these days, despite the reality of any interest from the club.
This is partially due to lazy journalism and partially due to the situation Liverpool find themselves in.
Brendan Rodgers has been coy about what budget he will have this summer, despite saying a few times ‘we’ll have more resources in the summer’.
Yet bearing that in mind there have been some recent rumours which have got some of the fanbase excited about the talent on offer. Today we explore these players in more detail and look to see who is likely to end up at Anfield.
Modibo Diakite – Lazio
The first rumour is Modibo Diakite, the French born Lazio centre-back who’s been highly rated since his move from Pescara in 2006. At 25, Diakite would be a move away from the well discussed youth policy of FSG, however saying that, his price most certainly would be right, but it depends on his wage demands. Diakite is an established defender in Serie A, and one thing Serie A is well renowned for is being a difficult league to score in.
At 6’4 Diakite is known for his sheer physical presence, although, he’s a no-nonsense defender who often uses his pace and strength to upend the opposition. Good on the ball, Diakite likes to run with the ball into midfield and help shape the play. However whilst physical presence is what we need, he’s never achieved international recognition.
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Fernando Amorebieta – Athletic Bilbao
Secondly, we have the case of Fernando Amorebieta, the highly rated centre-back from Athletic Bilbao. At 27 he’s seen as a veteran of La Liga, however negotiations have broken down between club and player and now he’s being touted as a target for Italian giants Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus. Anzhi have already expressed their interest as well as Arsenal.
Basque-born, Amorebieta chose to play for Venezuela after he wasn’t included in the 2010 Spanish World Cup squad. Another defender known for his strength and pace as well as physical presence, he’d be a good addition to the squad. However the Reds would need to stem off a host of European giants in order to land his signature, with some journalists already speculating that Fernando will follow his team-mate Llorente to Juventus in the summer.
Keisuke Honda – CSKA Moscow
Lastly, we’ve had reports that attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda is being linked with a move to Anfield. Honda has impressed both for CSKA and his country Japan, impressing heavily in the 2010 World Cup.
Honda has rejected a new deal with his current club and it’s believed he’d like to move to the Premier League. Yet with on-going speculation over both Christian Eriksen, Kevin Strootman, Tom Ince and others, it seems unlikely Rodgers would pick Honda, now 26, over a player he could shape. Honda is not prolific in front of goal, however he’s netted 7 goals from 19 games which could better his record of 8 goals last season from 25 overall. Whilst Honda does have experience and ability, I’d be surprised if we see him in a Red shirt next season.
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