Liverpool recently released Brad Jones after the Australian failed to provide Simon Mignolet with proper competition. The Brazilian keeper Neto seemed a perfect replacement for Jones but talks between Liverpool and his representatives were not successful so the Reds have to look elsewhere.
Romero, aged 28, has the quality and experience to apply pressure on Mignolet. The Sampdoria man’s exploits at the World Cup last year showed that the Argentine is capable of performing at the highest level. For a goalkeeper, Romero’s best years are probably just ahead of him.
There is no doubt that allowing Milner’s deal to run out is one of the most questionable decisions Manchester City hierarchy have made recently.
The Citizens reportedly offered the England international an improved deal in order to keep him but his current contract expires this summer and Liverpool are a perfect destination for him.
Milner is probably underrated due to the widespread perception that he is just a reliable grafter. The former Aston Villa midfielder is also extremely intelligent in terms of quickly adjusting to tactical changes. That quality bodes well with a manager like Rodgers who loves to work with witty footballers who can quickly adopt to his constant tinkering of the team’s system.
Liverpool may still need to go for another top class centre forward but they should secure this 22-year-old striker as back-up. Daniel Sturridge’s chronic injury problems coupled with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert’s poor form forced Rodgers to turn to Raheem Sterling as a centre forward for most of this season.
If, as expected, Liverpool sign the Burnley forward, the Reds will have a top class youngster who is keen to learn and can finish better than most strikers in the Premier League
Luiz Adriano has plundered nine goals in Europe’s elite competition so far this season and his services are up for grabs this summer, as the Brazilian has six months left on his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. Thanks to the patron saint of modern footballers, Jean-Marc Bosman, Luiz Adriano is now in line for a wages bonanza while several clubs compete to make him a bargain recruit.
The 21-year-old German goalkeeper likened to a young Manuel Neuer, will soon be whisked away from modest Mainz by one of Europe’s swishest clubs.
The Ukrainian playmaker with an eye for a killer pass and an explosive shot, was the subject of a bid from Liverpool last year, and Tottenham and Manchester United were also interested. Now the fact that the 25-year-old is free agent, means he can expect even more offers. Liverpool could knock on his door again.
He is on loan at São Paulo, can do likewise and although injuries and loss of form led to him falling out of favour at Milan before returning home to Corinthians in 2013, surely there will be no shortage of managers convinced that they can get a tune out of a 25-year-old who was ince trumpeted as the most exciting talent in Brazilian football.
Currently of Real Madrid, has been linked with every club with a hole in their midfield, notably Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain
9) Ron Vlaar
The Dutch defender has struggled this season, with his role in Villa’s survival bid greatly restricted due to injury. If he can get himself right over the summer, his performance at last year’s World Cup suggests he has plenty to offer.
Simon Mignolet’s revival as reduced our need for a new goalkeeper. However, most Reds fans wouldn’t disapprove of some quality back-up and the Brazilian would certainly fit the bill if he was willing to come.
11) Nigel de Jong
The former Manchester City man has endured a disappointing season with Milan but was another who impressed at the last World Cup. A powerful holding midfielder who could help sure us up at the back.
And what about the player who was once hailed as the new Zinedine Zidane? He is currently injured, he has been on a regular basis since joining Lyon for a club record €22m fee in 2010, but he will only be 29 when his contract expires in the summer and will still have an abundance of talent should anyone feel bold enough to try to harness it.