Three wingers that Liverpool could target for January business
Liverpool in the market for another wide man
Premier League title-chasers Liverpool are looking to improve the depth of their attacking options at Anfield this season and have been linked with interest in January reinforcements.
Would you like the Dutchman as an understudy for Salah and Mane? 🇳🇱 #LFC https://t.co/3z2to4eVgy
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 9, 2021
According to Fabrizio Romano (cited by Empire of the Kop), the Reds are in the market for a player who is able to help plug the holes that AFCON is sure to cause given the expected heavy involvement of star wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.
“For January they [Liverpool] have a problem with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane heading for the Africa Cup and this is a huge problem and why they are looking for wingers, more than midfielders.
Liverpool always work like this, no panic buys but if they have a good opportunity yes [they will sign someone], if not they will continue like this.
I am told that Danjuma from Villarreal, the former Bournemouth player, is doing fantastic and they [Liverpool] love this player but Villarreal have no intentions of opening any talks in January.
This does show the type of player Liverpool like so let’s see what happens in January”
The January market remains tricky, however, even for a club the size of Liverpool. Players that will be deemed good enough for the red half of Merseyside are likely to be key assets at their current employers and thus difficult to pry away from pastures where they ply their trade at the minute.
But the pull of a club like Liverpool and the allure of the Premier League – and its bigger wage packets – does still have sway across the continent. So, with that in mind, here are three wingers the Reds could target in January.
Arnaut Danjuma; frontrunning candidate
As per Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool ae already tracking Villarreal’s Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma after he has hit the ground running for the La Liga outfit after a summer move from AFC Bournemouth.
A PSV Eindhoven youth graduate who spent time at NED Nijmegen and Club Brugge before heading to England, Danjuma recently scored against Gibraltar in a 6-0 win for the Dutch national team and is now at the forefront for both club and country.
🇳🇱 Arnaut Danjuma on 🔥
⚽️ 7 goals, 2 assists in 14 club games this season! pic.twitter.com/Pxd0nTPKAO
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) November 3, 2021
But a January move does seem unlikely, however, which Romano himself remarked on. The Yellow Submarine just shelled-out ~€25million for him in August and have no interest in selling. A summer move could certainly materialize more easily, but one never knows if the Reds could pull off a shock here.
Noni Madueke; capturing a coveted starlet
Staying with the Dutch theme, another PSV-connected winger comes to mind in the mold of Noni Madueke. The 19-year-old England U21 international has burst onto the scene last season in the Eredivisie for Boeren when he hit 7-goals and added 6-assists in just 24-appearances in the league.
This season has been a slightly different tone, however. He featured in each of PSV’s Champions League qualifying round matches while also starting in two of the four Europa League group stage fixtures, but has missed half the Eredivisie campaign through a combination of injury and not being selected to the matchday squad.
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But his age, homegrown status thanks to his advancement through the youth ranks at Tottenham before switching to the Dutch giants, and his caps earned for the England youth set up would make him an ideal long-term understudy to Salah and Mané. Like Danjuma, he could be hard to pry away from his current club given he recently signed a contract extension to 2025 but with heavy interest from the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, and Serie A outfit Atalanta means that his capture would come at an opportune moment to bring him into the fold before another top club can benefit in the same manner.
Ben Brereton Díaz; savvy Liverpool move
No, I am not having a laugh with this one and neither should you. Ben Brereton Díaz has come on leaps and bounds since the early days with Blackburn Rovers and is now one of the most effective attacking players not just in the Championship, but in the national pool for Chile.
At current, Brereton Díaz sits on 13-goals in just 17-appearances for Rovers this term and has hit 3-goals in his first 8-caps for Chile since switching allegiances from England and making his debut for La Roja this past summer at Copa America.
But Liverpool has a history of making savvy moves for younger talent and finding value for money just one step below the English top-flight, with Reds youngster Harvey Elliot being the prime example. Convincing Brereton Díaz to make the jump from Blackburn to Liverpool may prove feasible and with a market value of just ~£6million according to Transfermarkt, it would certainly constitute the most financially viable move Jürgen Klopp’s outfit could make.