With a revamp of the forward line completed during the January transfer window, Liverpool appear to have started planning for the summer, with an emphasis being placed on finding players who can supply the ammunition for the new top guns of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
Links are already being made to players across the continent who will be able to add some creativity to a midfield which has been criticized in the past for being more artisan than artistic.
One player being heavily linked is 19 year old Spaniard Sergio Canales. The attacking midfielder snubbed the Reds during the summer to join Jose Mourinho’s revolution at Real Madrid. However since moving from Racing Santander, Canales has struggled to make an impression at the Bernabeu. According to caughtoffside.com,
Closer to home, Birmingham City winger Sebastian Larsson is reportedly on the radar of Kenny Dalglish. The former Arsenal player was close to joining Manchester City in January, but the move never materialised. With his contract running out at the end of the season, it appears that his days at St Andrews are numbered, and Liverpool head Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers in the queue for the 25 year old Swedish International. Larsson told Mirror Football that he was unsure of where his future lay: “I am going to be honest – at one stage it did not seem at one point that the club knew what they wanted to do to me” he said, adding: “I am not criticising them, I am just telling the story how it was. It is not an ideal situation for me but the window is closed now and I have said all along that I am happy where I am.”
Whoever does sign in the summer, it appears that the new owners of the club, New England Sporting Ventures, are in a position to invest heavily in the playing side of the club, something the previous regime seemed unwilling to do. The former owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett were in the High Court yesterday, seeking the opportunity to pursue a claim for damages against the new owners, The Royal Bank of Scotland and former chairman Sir Martin Broughton following the forced sale of the club in October. Hicks and Gillett are claiming $1.6 billion in damages according to NBC Dallas Fort Worth for what they claim was “a great swindle.” Liverpool will hope that the case will not derail the clubs improvement both on and off the field.