It may only be Easter but attention’s have already started to turn towards the summer transfer window and a pattern is emerging from media reports to reveal the areas that Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen.
The reliable Merseyside reporter Dominic King writes in the Daily Mail today “Rodgers has made it clear he has two or three targets for every position he wants to strengthen, so as Liverpool don’t find themselves stretched like last summer.”
The two positions we know he wants to strengthen are attacking midfield and centre back.
Eriksen, 21, is expected to leave Ajax this summer and has indicated his desire to play in the Premier League. Liverpool have scouted him extensively for the past two years. He enters the final year of his contract at the end of the season and thus fits the profile of player FSG are targeting.
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is quoted confirming Liverpool’s interest, “We’ve seen the list of foreign scouts who visited our games and Liverpool was often present.”
But Rodgers, keen to learn from the mistakes of his first summer at the club, has back-ups to Eriksen in the shape of Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa and Shaktar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan, 24, is an Armenian international and The Mirror report Michael Edwards, the club’s head of analytics and a key man in the Reds’ recruitment ‘team’, along with overseas scout Barry Hunter were impressed by Mkhitaryan when they attended his country’s defeat to Czech Republic this week.
Liverpool fans will be pleased to hear that Rodgers is putting together a strong shortlist for each position.
Meanwhile, in the centre back area three main targets have also emerged from reports over the past month; Brazilian Dede, Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Feyenoord’s Stefan de Vrij the main candidates.