By Tariq Saleh
In my opinion I think Liverpool need at least 5 signings for next season in order to challenge for the top four and maybe the title.
Here are the 5 signings that I believe Liverpool should make for next season:
1. Kenny Dalglish: This is a signing that Liverpool confirmed today and the signing of ‘king’ Kenny on a three year deal is great news for the club and the fans as he is without a doubt the man to lead the club forward. The way certain players have responded to his methods and tactics has been excellent and he had instilled belief and confidence into the fringe players that were not offering much to the team. Maxi Rodriguez, who has scored 7 goals in the last 3 games, is a perfect example. The way he has brought through the club’s youngsters like Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan has been terrific and they have responded by playing very well.
2. Ashley Young, Aston Villa: Young has a year remaining on his current contract with Villa and he has so far been reluctant to sign an extension. Villa will try their utmost to hang onto their prized asset but they know that if he fails to sign an extension in the summer his value will decrease dramatically and they will want to avoid losing him on a free in a year’s time. So if Liverpool were to offer in the region of £14-£18m it would be very difficult for Aston Villa to hang onto him, especially if the player decides he wants to move on. But Liverpool will face strong competition for the winger’s signature from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and possibly Manchester City.
3. Gary Cahill, Bolton Wanderers: Cahill has been one of the stand-out defenders of this season and his importance to Bolton cannot be underestimated. But Bolton know that they will most likely lose their star centre-half in the summer but it seems they will not sell for less than £20 million. This would be a huge sum of money for Liverpool but if they can reduce that figure slightly, Cahill will prove value for money and will add some steel to Liverpool’s backline.
4. Jose Enrique, Newcastle United: Just like Ashley Young, Enrique has a year remaining on his contract at Newcastle. The left-back position has been a problem for Liverpool this season with Glen Johnson filling in there for most of this season. Enrique has been one of the best left-backs in the Premier League this season and has certainly been Newcastle’s most consistent performer. Rumours have been circulating recently that a deal between the two clubs has already been agreed, something which Newcastle boss Alan Pardew denied. But despite a tough first few years in English football for the Spaniard, he has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months and is highly regarded. He is solid defensively, very quick and is excellent going forward and he would be an excellent addition to the Liverpool team.
5. Balázs Dzsudzsák, PSV Eindhoven: Not many Liverpool fans would have heard of Dzsudzsak but he has been tearing up defences in the Dutch Eredivisie all season and is a real livewire. He is a Hungarian international who plays as a traditional out and out left winger and possesses incredible pace. He has a wonderful left foot, crosses the ball really well and can really shoot from distance. He has all the attributes to make a real name for himself in England and the pace of English football will really suit him.