Liverpool fans could be forgiven for thinking they had entered a time warp when reading about transfer speculation in yesterday’s papers. Headlines linking the Reds to Sissoko and Cisse must have taken them back to the signings of Gerard Houllier and Rafa Beneitez. But rather than Momo and Djibril, Liverpool are reported to be looking to bring in Moussa Sissoko, a 21 year old French central midfielder, currently with Toulouse, and Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse of German side Freiburg.
Sissoko turned down the chance to move to Liverpool as a teenager, but with Damien Comolli, the clubs director of football strategy, spreading his net far and wide to bring young hungry talent to the club, Sissoko is reportedly keen to join the red revolution after rejecting the Merseyside club a year ago. Reports in the Daily
The link with Cisse is more driven by the player himself. According to skysports.com, the 25 year old striker, who has netted 16 goals for the unfashionable Freiburg in the Bundesliga this season, would love to emulate two of his fellow countrymen in pulling on the red shirt: “Liverpool is a dream club. Salif Diao and El Hadji Diouf have played there. But to be honest I am happy here at the moment,” Cisse said when asked about a possible move.
At the moment it seems not a day goes by without Liverpool being linked with moves for a host of young players across the continent. The last 24 hours have seen Georginio Wijnaldum, a 20-year-old winger from Feyenoord, Oscar Wendt, 25, a Swedish defender from FC Copenhagen, Fabio Coentrao, the 22-year-old Portuguese left-back from Benfica and Barcelona’s 20-year-old striker Bojan Krkic all reported to be attracting the club’s interest.
All these names are surely being linked thanks to Liverpool’s high profile spending in the closing days of the January transfer window, and the significant improvement in the clubs fortunes following the return of Kenny Dalglish as manager. The biggest of those deals was to bring Andy Carroll to Anfield for a club record fee of £35m and Liverpool fans are eagerly anticipating finally seeing him don a red shirt, as speculation mounts that the 22-year-old striker will make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday.
Carroll, who has been out with a thigh injury, reportedly took a full part in training yesterday, and is expected to be named on the bench at the very least for Sunday’s tussle. The sight of Carroll and Luis Suarez linking together up front should be an exciting one, giving the Liverpool fans a glance at the future stars of the club rather than thinking of names from their past.