Top 4 Transfer Targets for Liverpool This Summer

Liverpool’s collapse in this season’s Premier League title race will haunt fans for a long time in the future. After Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip that allowed Demba Ba to race through on goal, giving Chelsea the advantage at Anfield, the title was back in Manchester City’s hands. Last Monday’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace all but ended Liverpool’s hopes of the title; requiring three points against Newcastle United and praying that City would lose at home against West Ham United.

Looking ahead, the summer transfer window represents a vital time for the future of Liverpool Football Club. This season could have been a lot different if key players had gotten injured with Brendan Rodgers’ squad lacking in depth. The summer window is the time to prove that this season was not a one-off and that they are serious about next season’s title challenge.

Here are 4 potential signings that could make the switch to Anfield this summer:

1. Ashley Cole, Chelsea. Free transfer.

Ashley Cole could be an astute piece of business should Liverpool decide to pick the experienced full back up for free this summer. Young Jon Flanagan has done remarkably at full back for the Reds this season in the absence of Jose Enrique. However, many Reds fans are losing patience with long serving Glen Johnson, and Flanagan would easily slot back into his favored right back position.

Cole is out of contract in the summer and Liverpool have picked up players on free transfers in the past; signing Joe Cole after the West Ham playmaker left the Blues, as well as Kolo Toure from Manchester City. Although there is no transfer fee, Ashley Cole will come with a high wage packet that the Reds would have to meet. Southampton’s Luke Shaw looks a more viable long term option but with the Saints defender looking set to move to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, Cole could be a fantastic signing.


2. Adam Lallana, Southampton. £20million.

Adam Lallana has been one of the standout players of the season and will play a role in England World Cup campaign. Lallana has wowed fans with trickery, precision and quality technical ability. Under Mauricio Pochettino, he has propelled the Saints into the top ten this season and will be hard to keep at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

A move to the Reds could be on the cards with Liverpool favoring young English talent such as Jordan Henderson.  A £20m fee could be matched with more funds being made available by Fenway Sports Group as well as money earned from gaining UEFA Champions League qualification. Lallana has the quality to turn a game on its head, which could be exactly what Liverpool need.


3. Micah Richards, Manchester City. £5million.

Micah Richards has been on Liverpool’s radar for a long time with the Reds reportedly showing an interest in the summer but Manchester City shunned any interest. Richards has hardly had a look-in this season and rejected a five year deal at the Etihad.

Richards could be a fantastic addition to Liverpool’s leaky defense, and adds versatility as the Englishman can play at right back or operate as a central defender. Martin Skrtel has been fantastic this season but question marks remain over Mamadou Sakho. Daniel Agger has struggled for fitness, and Richards could be a cheap, quality and experienced option with so much potential at the age of 25.


4. Xherdan Shaqiri, Bayern Munich. £20million.

Xherdan Shaqiri could well be one of the signings of the summer should Liverpool secure a deal for the Bayern Munich winger. Shaqiri has stated he would listen to any offers from Liverpool or Manchester United after failing to nail down a starting spot under Pep Guardiola.

Shaqiri has claimed he needs more playing time at the Allianz Arena and could seek move in search of playing time. German newspaper Bild says that the Swiss international will stay in Germany for at least another season meaning Liverpool could turn to Barcelona’s Cristian Tello as an £8m alternative.


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14 thoughts on “Top 4 Transfer Targets for Liverpool This Summer”

  1. Liverpool will sign Micah Richards, Stephen Caulker/Ashley Williams and Konoplyanka.

    Cole will foreign for a last big pay day

    Lallana will go to United.

    Shaquiri will stay.

    1. Why would Lallana go to a club with a brand new coach, no European football, and that finished mid-table, only 1 place above his current club?

      1. Well United are a bigger club than Liverpool and can pay him much more and we’ll have a better manager in the coming season.
        United don’t want Lallanna and don’t need him at all.
        Ashley Cole and Micah Richards are both washed up and won’t stop Liverpool from conceding. If Liverpool want to stay at the top I’d say they need 3 new defenders and a good holding midfielder who won’t slip when the title is on the line.

  2. When ads start popping up blocking the content on the page, you know there might be a few too many intrusive adds on your website. Does there really need to be an ad on 4 out of the 5 photos within the article?

    This is on top of the already gawdy ads on the top banner, the entire side panel, and below the article, before the comments.

    If the content on EPL talk was really good, I might be more inclined to wade through this, but articles like this are just so mediocre. These ideas are entirely non-creative and could have been taken from been taken from the first page of transfer news/speculation thread from any Liverpool fan forum.

    Unbookmarking/removing RSS feed subscription to EPLTalk at this point. Having a pop-up add that I had to click to close that blocked the content of the article was just one step too far.

    1. David, how is this any different than the vast majority of other websites that cover soccer? We have to pay the bills to be able to keep the site running.

      There are no ads that block the content on the page, by the way. If there is, please take a screenshot and send it to me at so I can look into it and have it removed. Thanks.

      1. I enjoy the website and try to scroll through each evening but he does have a bit of a point. The sheer volume of ads of ads is excessive. I understand the need to to generate revenue but of the website I frequent, none is so inundated with ads of every kind. Also, this article is more akin to a Topic on a message board than an actual article, but I clicked so job done.

        1. I appreciate the feedback, but I disagree. I just took a look at a typical article on The Guardian website, which has a total of 13 ads on the page compared to the 12 that are on this page. Part of it may be due to The Guardian having their ads spread out more.

          I’ll take a look and will review the number of ads on a page to see if I can enhance the reading experience. Thanks.

          1. Um, I’m not asking to crack open the books for this site and look inside, but I’m assuming that the overhead for Guardian (a site that pays every writer that has a piece there) is a tad higher than this sites (that often gets pieces from unpaid writers and art from unpaid designers).

            1. The Guardian is losing $50 million a year. And their website is subsidized by revenue generated by the newspaper as well as wealthy investors. While I love The Guardian’s content, we (World Soccer Talk) don’t have the investors nor print revenue streams that they do.

              The advertising we display on the site is essential to World Soccer Talk staying in business.

          2. Right, the whole newspaper business is in flux and is largely still trying to figure out how to operate in this new digital world. Regardless, it misses my point completely, which is the Guardian and worldsoccertalk aren’t comparable at all, so if two pages from each of them respectively have a similar amount of ads I’d see that as a problem.

            That or just take three loyal readers complaints with little regard and triple down on the ‘we need to bombard you guys with ads to operate’.

            1. Jamie, I’m taking the comments with much regard, which is why I appreciate your feedback and the feedback of others. In regards to The Guardian and World Soccer Talk, the argument would be that WST would need to have a lot more ads on the page than The Guardian in order to generate the revenue that’s needed to pay the writers, podcasters and editors who put their blood, sweat and tears into this site on a 24/7 basis 365 days a year. We don’t have the luxury of having wealthy investors or incurring large debts like The Guardian does, which is why the advertising on our pages is far more vital to us staying afloat than it is to The Guardian.

              Like I said in my initial comment, we have an equal number of ads to a page on The Guardian, so if you feel we’re bombarding readers with ads, the same can be said of The Guardian too.

              As a suggestion, since this topic has nothing to do with the article above about Liverpool, feel free to create a thread on the World Soccer Talk forums where I can answer your questions in more detail.

  3. These are the four players I picked a couple of months ago to join us, along with Konoplyanka (though I loathe the idea of dealing with FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s nutjob oligarch ever again), Shaqiri being the young player I’ve watched for several years. Some are saying he won’t leave Bayern but he’s not getting the playing time and he’s behind some top-dollar talent that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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