Liverpool have completed the signing of Sunderland and England midfielder Jordan Henderson in a deal believed to be £13 million plus £7 million-rated David N’Gog.
Jordan Henderson, another central midfielder has also spent plenty of time on the wing during his two seasons as a pro at Sunderland.
Kenny Dalglish appears keen to add to his central midfield which already consists of Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles, Lucas, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen and Jonjo Shelvey, whilst Alberto Aquilani is still on their books, having spent last season on loan in Serie A with Juventus whom are one of the clubs linked with a move for the Italian international this season.
Liverpool’s right wing has been under a lot of criticism in the past with Dirk Kuyt not being a natural fit out wide. Maxi Rodriguez has spent time out there for Liverpool also. Jordan Henderson’s passing ability sees him better suited to a central midfield position where he has excelled at Sunderland, although his lack of goals from that position may be a concern.
With the sale of Darren Bent in January, and the loan of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United expiring at the end of the season, Steve Bruce is key to add some depth to his strike force. This deal sees David N’Gog moving to the Stadium of Light, which will likely be more appreciated by Liverpool fans than Sunderland with the French striker being wasteful during his 3 year stay which saw him score just 9 league goals in 63 Premier League appearances.
Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing and Blackpool’s Charlie Adam.
Stewart Downing is coming off the back of one of his best season’s, having scored 7 goals for Aston Villa in the Premier League and setting up another 9. He also picked up the club’s player of the season award and earned himself a place back into the England starting 11.
The former Middlesbrough winger delivers a good ball with his left foot and isn’t scared to take defenders on. Downing has played on both the left and right wing for Aston Villa, whilst also having a spell in centre midfield under Martin O’Neill. Joe Cole’s days at Liverpool could be short-lived should Liverpool sign the Aston Villa winger, whom they’ve been linked to for around £10 million.
Charlie Adam played a very influential role in Blackpool’s performance last season; the club’s second top scorer with 12 goals, whilst also contributing with 9 assists. A great set piece taker, Adam’s Premier League season took a dip along with Blackpool’s form after January when he was linked to top Premier League sides including Manchester United and Liverpool.
In January, Liverpool signed Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for a combined £57.7 million as they look to strengthen their squad to push for a Champions League finish next season.