Liverpool have to be careful if looking to buy off Ramos again
Although Robbie Keane’s record of five goals in 19 appearances for Liverpool is not especially poor, it is fair to say that the striker’s time at Anfield is regarded as more of a failure than a success.
Despite this £19m outlay going sour, Liverpool are considering buying off Juande Ramos again, with the former Tottenham manager now in charge of Ukrainian club Dnipro.
And the player in question is the 2013 Ukrainian player of the year Yevhen Konoplyanka, who was a thorn in England’s side when he faced them in the World Cup qualifiers.
Brendan Rodgers has stated that he is hopeful of bringing a major signing to Anfield before the closing of the January transfer window and an offer of £15m has been reportedly put on the table for Konoplyanka.
A left back and a centre midfielder may be the most pressure areas for Liverpool to strengthen, with their odds now just 14/1 to win the Premier League after their 4-0 destruction of Merseyside rivals Everton.
This is especially true as they have two of the three highest scorers in the top flight and are still only fourth in the standings, six points off leaders Arsenal.
However, Rodgers does not have a natural left-sided midfielder to call upon, with Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez all predominantly having free roles and occupying the position at times.
Fiorentina and PSG have also been linked with Konoplyanka, who is nimble, quick and well-balanced down the touchline. Liverpool will also be fearful of losing out on another winger, having already watched Mohamed Salah slip through their grasp and join Chelsea.
Luckily, with the ‘Egyptian Lionel Messi’ gone, Liverpool can now get the ‘Ukrainian Messi’ and given Konoplyanka’s desire to test himself at a bigger club, the player would surely jump at the chance to join the Reds.