This feels a bit like when Dermot O’Leary announces that the lines are open for voting for your favourite X Factor contestant. Except we don’t have any dramatic lights to drop, and there aren’t any phone lines open. But the next few weeks will be as equally ridiculous.
It’ the January transfer window, and it’s now open, letting in a mild draught for this time of the year. The only window in the world that lets in inflated transfer prices, panic buys and Harry Redknapp stopping by Sky Sports cameras on the way out of Tottenham‘s training ground car park with some more spiel.
2011 sees Liverpool finish the year in a much better position than the end of 2010. We’re two points off the Champions League places, and, if you’re feeling optimistic, ‘just’ eleven points off top spot with Man City away to come this Tuesday.
So let’s see who Liverpool have been linked with this time round…
Darren Bent from Aston Villa
These reports came to light just a few days ago and would be a surprising capture for Kenny Dalglish – although he is keen on bringing some new firepower up front to the club. England international Darren Bent only signed for Villa this time last year from Sunderland, but has always had a prolific goalscoring record in the Premier League. Could he be the reliable forward Dalglish has been waiting for?
See also: Liverpool set for surprise Bent swoop
Gary Cahill from Bolton
According to the press, Chelsea are all set to sign the England international defender, who has been a star in a struggling Bolton side this season. However, a late challenge could see Liverpool renew their interest in Cahill, should his negotiations at Stamford Bridge hit a stumbling block. The arrival of another central defender at Anfield could increase the pressure for high performances from Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger. Agger has just completed his first ten consecutive games for Liverpool since joining in 2006.
See also: Rumour Mill – Gary Cahill
Other names being shouted about are Cliftonville’s Rory Donnelly and Lille’s Eden Hazard, but who would you like to see arrive at Anfield in the next month? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @thisisanfield.
Whatever happens, expect a media frenzy of transfer rumours and late activity. It all starts here.