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Is Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama the final piece to Liverpool’s midfield puzzle?

The Kenyan international has watched mostly from the sidelines this season.

Josh Kerr



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Limited to only six league starts for Spurs this season and after a dismal 90-minute display against relegation-threatened West Brom Albion on Saturday, the 2017/18 Premier League season has been nothing short of a disaster for Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The former Southampton star was reunited with his former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino in the summer of 2016 for a £11 million fee after he managed the 24-year-old Kenya captain during his spell as manager in the south-coast.

The central defensive midfielder had a blistering impact in his debut season for Spurs, featuring in 47 matches across all competitions and scoring five goals as well as helping the club finish a record 2nd place in the Premier League.

However, this season has shown no reflection of Wanyama’s former self and despite being stricken by injuries for large periods of the season it seems the former Celtic player could be falling out of favour in north London.

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Reports from the Daily Mail previously suggested that, despite only limited appearances this season, Wanyama could represent a top transfer prospect for Champions League finalists Liverpool.

However, as we know in a post-Neymar era, every club has their selling price. If the Reds were to make a bid in the region of £40 million, it would be difficult for Daniel Levy to say no to such a fee, especially for a player who has spent more of the season on the bench rather than on the pitch.

With Emre Can looking set to leave Merseyside this summer as a free agent, Wanyama, on paper. seems the perfect addition. After all, it was against Liverpool where the Kenyan international reminded onlookers he’s still one of the most talented midfielders in the league.

With his Tottenham side trailing to their top-four rivals, Wanyama struck one of the goals of the season at the Kop end when a Loris Karius punch fell to the midfielder with a point to prove.

The ball dropped to the Kenyan from 30 yards on the half-volley and was cannoned into the top corner, leaving the entirety of Merseyside in pure disbelief. They had just witnessed one of the great Anfield goals, from an opposition player nonetheless, and they couldn’t help but stand and applaud.

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For a starting spot, a move to Anfield will undoubtedly be a good proposition for both Liverpool and Wanyama. The question is, will he automatically become a starter at Liverpool?

In Jordan Henderson and James Milner, the pair are demonstrating that English clubs still have a role to play in Europe. The midfield duo have helped fire the Reds all the way to Kiev, with Milner also as the Champions League all-time record assister for a single season.

Liverpool have two players who play the same role as Wanyama. As captain, it’s a certainty Henderson, if fit, would start. However, the 27-year-old’s fitness is not guaranteed and Milner’s age could open the gap for a long-term replacement for the Englishman’s services.

With the Reds’ midfield options getting thinner by the week, a gamble on a big name is needed. If the price is right, the Reds should test Tottenham’s resolve and see if they can tempt the Kenyan midfielder to Merseyside.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Liverpool should use Alberto Moreno in Jamaal Lascelles pursuit

The Spaniard is struggling for first-team football at Liverpool.

Mathew Coull



Liverpool have had an excellent season, making it to the Champions League final and finishing in the Premier League top four. But the building for next season is also set to get underway soon and Liverpool still want to further improve their backline. A new centre-back is set to be targeted and The Independent believe that Jamaal Lascelles could be the man Liverpool turn to, with James Tarkowski of Burnley also mentioned.

Lascelles would obviously be a top option. The Newcastle captain has been an inspiration for the club this campaign and many were surprised he did not make it into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.

(during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

But he will not come cheap and after Liverpool spent big on Virgil Van Dijk in January the Tyneside club will be pushing the price up.

However, could Liverpool have a secret weapon in the form of Alberto Moreno?

Back in 2015 Rafa Benitez very nearly signed Moreno. The deal with Liverpool was done but, with Alvaro Arbeloa sticking around, Benitez decided Moreno was no longer needed and the deal was pulled off the table.

That was whilst manager at Real Madrid. Moreno would be an excellent option to further improve Newcastle and provide some competition to Paul Dummett in the left-back position.

(during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool paid Sevilla around £12 million, as reported by The Telegraph, to sign Moreno back in 2014 but he has struggled for consistency since his arrival at Anfield. This season he has been replaced by Andrew Robertson, after spending most of last season behind James Milner in the pecking order.

Throwing Moreno into any deal would have to see Newcastle decrease the fee they might ask for to let their captain go this summer. Newcastle would be getting their hands on a 25-year-old Spanish international and a handsome sum of money, whilst Liverpool would get their defensive target.

It would be a fine piece of business for both clubs.

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Virgil van Dijk proving to be worth his price-tag, but must keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet

Liverpool’s January recruit has been in fine form since his arrival at the club.

Mathew Coull



Liverpool take on Real Madrid this weekend in the Champions League final in a highly anticipated game in Kiev. The fixture will see Jurgen Klopp’s side hope to capture an impressive title after an enthralling run to the final in which they have played some expansive attacking football.

But to beat Real Madrid they will also have to keep Los Merengues at bay. With one of the greatest to ever play the game in Cristiano Ronaldo among their attacking options, that is no easy feat.

For Liverpool, the key man could, therefore, be the one who has proven to be a massive improvement for the side since his January arrival.

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The Reds paid Southampton a whopping fee of £75 million, as reported by the BBC. It was a price-tag called into question by many pundits and fans alike. However, the Dutchman has been in fine form since his arrival and added a genuine aura to the Liverpool back-line.

His aerial presence, speed and intelligence have all been demonstrated on a number of occasions as Liverpool’s defensive fragilities have been transformed since his arrival.

The impact he has had on Dejan Lovren cannot be understated. The Croatian looks to be back to something near his best since pairing with Van Dijk. His cool style on the ball and brilliant reading of the game has allowed Lovren to relax into his role and the pair make a good partnership.

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Against Ronaldo, all of Van Dijk’s best attributes will be tested.

The Portuguese attacker is still lightning quick, a monster in the air and his footballing brain is often unrivalled.

If Liverpool are to keep him quiet, it will rest largely on the shoulders of their £75 million winter investment.

It is these challenges that forced Van Dijk into pushing for his Southampton departure and he must ensure he is up to it this Saturday.

If he can keep Ronaldo quiet and Liverpool win the Champions League, then that £75 million fee will no longer seem so astronomical.

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Liverpool target Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca would add superb attacking depth

The Brazilian has recorded 28 goal contributions in Turkey this season.

Max Cohen



Anderson Talisca
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After Besiktas’ 5-1 home win over Sivasspor on Saturday, manager Senol Gunes strongly hinted that star attacker Anderson Talisca would be joining Liverpool this summer.

The possible signing of the Brazilian midfielder would be a superb acquisition for Liverpool, adding depth and quality to the club’s star-studded attack.

According to FourFourTwo, the Besiktas manager confirmed Talisca would be leaving the Turkish club for the Premier League after two years on loan from Benfica.

And Gunes dropped a massive hint that put Liverpool as the possible frontrunners in attaining his signature ahead of Manchester United.

“He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun,” Gunes replied when asked about Talisca’s English destination.

Of course, former Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun plays for Everton– leading many to jump to the conclusion that Talisca is headed to Anfield instead of Old Trafford.

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The signing would represent a strong statement of intent from the Reds, as Talisca has enjoyed a stunning two seasons at Besiktas and is a burgeoning attacking talent.

In 47 appearances this season, the 24-year-old was involved in an impressive 28 goals, scoring 20 and assisting eight.

And the Brazilian’s past form shows this fantastic season is not a one-off. In 2016/17, Talisca bagged 17 goals and six assists, despite only featuring 33 times in all competitions.

While some might argue that the Turkish Super Lig has a poorer defensive standard than the Premier League, Talisca has proven his worth in European competition as well. In his time at Besiktas, he has notched five Champions League goals, as well as two goals and four assists in the Europa League.

The Brazilian youth international would add impressive offensive depth for Liverpool, as the Reds look to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The purchase of the prolific attacking midfielder would be an ideal first step in assembling a squad that could bring Anfield its first league trophy in over two decades.

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