Kopite writers have their say on who Liverpool should look to sign in January

The transfer window is open once again, meaning one thing — for the next few weeks, everyone and their mother will be linked with a move to Anfield. But who do our writers think should be targeted?

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With Liverpool in such imperious form in the Premier League and looking set to challenge once again for European honours, it’s likely that high-profile stars around the globe will be tipped to join the Reds this month to help in their title charge.

English teenage sensation Jadon Sancho and in-form German attacker Timo Werner have been heavily linked with a Merseyside move in recent times, while Kylian Mbappé remains high on the wish list of most supporters.

The Reds have been relatively quiet in the January window in recent years and, with the signing of Japanese attacker Takumi Minamino already confirmed, it remains unlikely that the Anfield club will bring in further fresh faces.

Nevertheless, our writers have given their opinions on who they think the club should target this month:

Pádraig O’Callaghan — Matt Doherty

The only position in which Liverpool lack quality in depth is in their full-back positions. Currently they have the best pairing of full-backs in the world, so signing a young star with potential isn’t worth the money given how young Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are.


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I think we should sign Matt Doherty from Wolves in January. The Ireland international plays as a right wing-back for the Midlands club and is familiar with covering the entire right-hand side, similar to Trent. Last season was his first in top-flight football and he was directly involved in 18 goals across all competitions.

Due to his age, he wouldn’t command a massive fee (around £15m), and he would add to the growing list of mentally strong characters at Melwood after his journey from the League of Ireland.

Connor Varnish — Lorenzo Insigne

Should Liverpool decide to further strengthen their squad beyond Takumi Minamino in January, I’d like the Reds to take a look at Napoli attacker Insigne.

The Napoli star is rumoured to leave the club either this January or in the summer, and would certainly bolster the Reds’ attacking options as we look to pull away with the league and fight for another European Cup.

Although the Italian fulfils Jürgen Klopp’s reported need of a versatile wide forward, his age would perhaps dissuade the German from gambling on the 28-year-old, who would reportedly cost around £55million.

Would I like to see this transfer happen, sure — but not for that price. The correct answer to a dream Liverpool January signing remains #Mbappe2020.

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Scott Mason — Álex Grimaldo

The Spanish left-back would be a perfect back up to Andy Robertson. He fits in with the age criteria of Liverpool’s transfer policy being that he is still only 24 and similar to the current full-backs at Liverpool in his danger from crossing positions.

Last season the Benfica defender scored four goals and picked up 11 assists in the Portuguese league. The Spaniard ranked second overall in the assists table in his current league, demonstrating further why he would be a good signing for the Reds.

In terms of senior players, only James Milner is available to cover for Robertson so a new left-back would make sense for Jürgen Klopp.

Cam Weldon — Rúben Neves

For me, Rúben Neves is a player that could take Liverpool to the next level. Having walked away from European football to join Wolves in the Championship, the Portuguese has never looked back,

After not only guiding Wolves back to Premier League but also into the Europa League, I feel he would bring something new to our midfield with his long-range shooting ability as well as excellent passing range.

His tough tackling and pressing style of play makes him perfect for Klopp’s high-pressing football. He’s one of a number of Wolves players that I feel would be a perfect fit for Anfield.

James Noble — Victor Osimhen

The Super Eagles striker has been linked with a January move to the Reds in recent days, and you can see why. His total of 12 goals and three assists across Ligue 1 and the Champions League so far this term mean the numbers catch the eye, and so do the attributes.

He’s quick, powerful, an aerial threat at a little over 6ft and an adept presser. While he often plays as the lone striker in Lille’s 4-2-3-1, he looks more than capable of operating anywhere across a front line.

Such hybrid capabilities have made Sadio Mané and Divock Origi potent Liverpool weapons in recent years. Osimhen’s could allow him to first add depth and then do likewise in the even longer-term.

Don Kopleone — Jan Vertonghen

Personally, I would love to see Liverpool make a cut-price move for Jan Vertonghen this January. No longer at his peak, Vertonghen was one of the leading defenders in the Premier League as recently as a year ago and, with his contract expiring this summer, Spurs would be likely to accept a cut-price deal for the 32-year-old.

Obviously, Vertonghen would offer cover at centre-back — a position where Liverpool currently have just two senior players fit and available — but the Belgian showcased against Ajax last season how he has the versatility to play on the left flank, operating superbly as a wing-back in a five-man defence.

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With Andrew Robertson the only natural in this role amongst Jürgen Klopp’s senior staff, Vertonghen could lessen the burden the Scot carries. And, with Spurs’ famously strict wage structure, one would hope that the lure of a potential Premier League title could convince him to join for a bargain price.

Cash Boyle — Conor Coady

In some ways an odd choice, in others one which makes sense. Re-signing former Liverpool player Conor Coady may not appear to fit the calibre of player the club now aims to attract, but look beyond that.

Coady was sold by the club after making two first-team appearances, rebuilt his career as a centre-half, and is now the undisputed leader of a Wolves team awash with talent. He’s also thriving under an innovative manager who clearly believes in him.

There’s lots to admire about Coady, who has also proven himself as an excellent ball-playing centre-half. With Dejan Lovren likely to leave in the summer, and Joël Matip vulnerable to injury, there would be more than sentiment attached to a move for this former Red.

Matt Ramirez — Adama Traoré

Now, a lot of you will be thinking that I’m just jumping on the Adama hype train, and you’re right there, but it’s completely justified.

The man is not only a tank, but he’s rapid too. That’s a dangerous combination that has worked wonders for Wolves, so why wouldn’t I want him at Anfield?

I’m by no means suggesting that he would start, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if were able to bring someone of Adama’s clear game-changing ability off the bench? Let me answer that question — yes, it would be fantastic.

I doubt he would be cheap but I don’t believe he would be super expensive and, for the X-factor he provides, I would be over the moon if Michael Edwards invested in him.

Mick Moran — Rúben Vinagre

The Portuguese left-back plies his trade with Wolves and is reportedly a player Jürgen Klopp admires. The pacy 20-year-old would provide great cover for left-back in a position where we have to rely on 34-year-old James Milner in the absence of first-choice Andy Robertson.

He can also play on the left side of midfield. His performance against the Reds at Anfield last week was very impressive. He brought Trent Alexander-Arnold back down to earth with a bump after his great Leicester display as he effortlessly glided down that left side and caused us a lot of problems.

Transfermarkt value him at just £9m which would be a snip in today’s market, though Wolves would likely charge a little more than that.

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