10 players Liverpool should buy to win a trophy: Shaqiri, Eriksen, Cahill, Llorente and more (2024)

Liverpool's summer spending spree under Kenny Dalglish had some people, like talkSPORT's Micky Quinn, predicting a surge towards the Premier League crown this year and a return to the glory days at Anfield.

The Reds start to the season, however, has been somewhat underwhelming.

Draws against two of the newly promoted sides and defeats to Stoke and Spurs have underlined the need for more activity in the transfer market if Liverpool are serious about building a title-winning team.

talkSPORT have picked out 10 players who could help transform the Reds from top four hopefuls into title contenders...


Kenny Dalglish has suggested Daniel Agger is "as good" as any other defender in the Premier League following his solid performances of late and the Reds appear to be pretty well stocked at the back, but can they boast a defence strong enough to compete with the very best? Jamie Carragher is probably past his best and won't have many seasons left, while Martin Skrtel isn't in the Nemanja Vidic/Vincent Kompany class and it may be too soon for Sebastian Coates to step up. Meanwhile Jose Enrique has slotted in well at left back, any injury or suspension to the Spaniard would see the Reds relying on injury-prone Fabio Aurelio, leaving square peg Agger to fill a round hole at full back. Another top class defender and a left back to supplement Enrique should solve any defensive problems Liverpool face throughout the second half of the campaign.

Gary Cahill

CLUB: Bolton

POSITION: Centre-back

PRICE: £18m

Harry Redknapp baulked at Bolton's hefty price tag after expressing an interest during the summer window and may return with an improved offer, but if Liverpool take a long-term view they may feel that the England international is the man to succeed Jamie Carragher, as well as help them secure Champions League football and silverware this season. Cahill would add an English heartbeat to Liverpool's back line, possibly replacing Skrtel in the current squad.


CLUB: Blackburn

POSITION: Centre-back

PRICE: £10m

Another central defender capable of shoring up a back four which leaked four goals at White Hart Lane, Samba limped off with a hamstring injury against Chelsea at the weekend and looks likely to keep him sidelined for up to five weeks. The Congo international has shown his quality in both boxes this season, guiding a header past QPR's Paddy Kenny to earn a crucial point for Rovers at Loftus Road - Liverpool would welcome a player who can help keep goals out and score at the other end. Samba would be cheaper than Cahill, too.

Nedum Onuoha

CLUB: Man City

POSITION: Centre-back/full-back

PRICE: £3.5m

Versatility would be the biggest appeal in signing Nigerian-born Onuoha, whose appearances for Man City this season have been limited to a Carling Cup tie against Birmingham in September. Comfortable in any of the positions across the back line, the former England U21 man impressed at Sunderland last year, but may decide against signing for Liverpool should West Brom or Everton promise him regular first team football in January.


The centre of the park saw the biggest overhaul at the club in the summer with the arrivals of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, but there is still room for improvement and it doesn't yet feel as strong as the Mascherano-Alonso-Gerrard-Kuyt axis that drove Liverpool to second place in 2009. Dirk Kuyt's industry on the right shields his full-back and supplies goals, but a more natural winger to complement Stewart Downing could result in more productivity going forward, providing the service from the right flank that Andy Carroll has been lacking. Steven Gerrard's injury worries, meanwhile, have left the team short of a goal-scoring midfielder this season. By comparison, Frank Lampard has proven his importance with six Premier League goals in 11 games for Chelsea, who've found the back of the net ten times more than Liverpool. A defensive midfielder with Premier League experience, a la Didi Hamann and Mascherano, would also go some way to preventing players like Luka Modric and David Silva bossing games between the Reds and their closest rivals.


CLUB: Newcastle

POSITION: Defensive midfield

PRICE: £15m+

Newcastle's blistering start to the season owes much to the tough-tackling of their Ivorian midfielder, who's successfully shielded the top flight's meanest back line. Newcastle proved with Andy Carroll, however, that they will demand big money for their best players, should they wish to leave St James' Park. Could the Reds take a third Toon star to Anfield (after Carroll and Enrique) in just 12 months?


CLUB: Basel


PRICE: £20m

Europe's top clubs are keeping tabs on this technically gifted 20-year-old, who scored a wonder goal for Switzerland during their 3-1 defeat to England in September 2010. Nine months later, Shaqiri again proved a constant threat to the Three Lions at Wembley during a Euro 2012 qualifier, suggesting his style is well suited to the fast pace of Premier League football. Four goals for Basel already this season also points to the youngster developing an even greater eye for goal than in previous years. He has reportedly told club officials in Switzerland of his desire to leave for a bigger club in January.


CLUB: Parma

POSITION: Attacking midfielder

PRICE: £12m

Not many Italians have scored freely in the Premier League, but Giovinco's early season exploits in Serie A have attracted attention from Chelsea, among others. His agent, Andrea D'Amico, has been talking up a move while also stressing there have been no concrete offers for the Italian international, who's bagged seven goals in nine games for Parma in Italy.


CLUB: Ajax

POSITION: Attacking midfielder

PRICE: £20m+

Linked to Liverpool in September, Eriksen is one of Europe's most highly rated youngsters and the Reds will need to stave off interest from Italian champions AC Milan if they choose to pursue their interest in the 19-year-old. Ajax refused to sell their star player during the summer but the situation could change in 2012 and the club are preparing themselves for a bidding war when the transfer window re-opens in January. The presence of compatriot Daniel Agger at Anfield may just persuade Eriksen that his future lies with Liverpool, rather than the Milanese giants.


Liverpool landed Luis Suarez for less than half the £50m Chelsea splashed out on Fernando Torres and he currently looks twice the player. When Suarez is on song Liverpool usually win, but the Reds seem worryingy reliant on the Uruguayan, especially considering they have splashed out £35m on Andy Carroll. Craig Bellamy was a clever free transfer, but Dalglish doesn't appear to trust him enough for a sustained first team run and, while Man City, Chelsea and Man United can boast a wealth of attacking options, the Reds would benefit from bringing in a player to help take the burden off Luis Suarez and help to develop Andy Carroll's potential.


CLUB: Valencia


PRICE: £20m+

La Liga is arguably a better competition than the Premier League, and Soldado notched 18 goals in Spain last year to fire Valencia into third spot behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. Six goals in last year's Champions League, including two against Rangers, prove the striker's instinct in front of goal isn't limited to domestic Spanish football.


CLUB: Athletic Bilbao


PRICE: £25m+

A reported target for both Spurs and Liverpool in January 2011, Llorente bagged an impressive 18 La Liga goals last season. He replaced Fernando Torres in Spain's starting line-up for their last two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Scotland in October 2011, scoring three goals, while he also holidayed in Ibiza last summer with close pal and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Have a word, Pepe?

Jermain Defoe

CLUB: Spurs


PRICE: £10m

Defoe was briefly linked to Arsenal in the summer and has struggled to break into Spurs' starting line-up ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael Van Der Vaart in recent weeks. It's unlikely Harry Redknapp would allow the England forward to leave for a close rival like Liverpool, especially without finding a replacement, while it's unknown whether Defoe himself would join another club unless they could guarantee regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2012. Stranger things have happened, though.

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10 players Liverpool should buy to win a trophy: Shaqiri, Eriksen, Cahill, Llorente and more (2024)


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