5 European football free transfers for Liverpool

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There are a number of top players across the continent whose contracts expire this summer, and will be able to leave on a free. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) looks at five soon-to-be free agents who could benefit Liverpool next season.

ASHLEY COLE 

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 26, 2014: Chelsea's Ashley Cole in action against Stoke City during the FA Cup 4th Round match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cole will leave Chelsea this summer, after a hugely impressive career there, and there are a number of top clubs trying to acquire his signature.

At 33, the former England international still has a few years left in him at the top level, and even if he wasn’t a regular, his winning mentality and superb defensive work would be a great addition to Liverpool’s squad.

Forget the fact he is an unlikeable character- we wouldn’t like Luis Suarez if he played for Chelsea– signing him would be a terrific piece of business.

DIEGO

The Brazilian joined Atletico Madrid from Wolfsburg on a short-term deal in January, but the La Liga champions are yet to offer him a new deal.

The 29-year-old has been tracked by Liverpool in the past, and is a brilliant technical attacking midfielder, with an eye for the spectacular. His goal against Barcelona in this season’s Champions League proves that.

With Rodgers wanting to add depth to his squad, Diego would bring experience and undeniable quality.

JEREMY MENEZ 

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed that Menez will leave the French giants in the summer, with his contract expiring in June.

The Frenchman, who can play either as a winger or a more central playmaker, is hugely talented and could thrive on a fresh start having slipped down the pecking order at PSG.

His pace is something that Liverpool lack out wide, barring Raheem Sterling, and it would be worth Rodgers taking a punt on the temperamental 27-year-old.

JOLEON LESCOTT

Lescott will leave Manchester City this summer when his contract runs out, having enjoyed five successful seasons at the Etihad.

Although the 31-year-old would not be signed as a regular by any means, he would be a very good fourth-choice centre-back, and would be an upgrade on the erratic Kolo Toure.

The former Everton defender would bring experience and Premier League know-how to the squad, and if he was called upon his strong aerial presence would benefit the side both in defensive and attacking situations.

He’s far from the solution in terms of sorting out Liverpool’s woes at the back this season, but Rodgers could do far worse than bring him in as a squad player.

JULIAN SPERONI 

The Argentine goalkeeper’s contract expires next month, and with Brendan Rodgers looking for stronger competition for Simon Mignolet, and new contract talks stalling for Speroni at Crystal Palace, he would be a shrewd buy.

The 35-year-old has been a terrific servant at Selhurst Park since joining a decade ago, showing great consistency and shot-stopping ability.

He is a player who would probably accept being number two at such a huge club, unlike someone like Michel Vorm, and he would always be reliable if called upon.

Who would be your first-choice to bring in on a free transfer out of these five? Let us know in the comments section below.

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