With Liverpool eight-points clear at the top of the Premier League and the January transfer window fast approaching, Jurgen Klopp will have to decide whether or not to utilise the winter market.
It seems unlikely with the Champions League winners possessing strength in depth across almost all areas, but if you could choose one dream signing – however absurd or expensive – who would you plump for?
Our writers Caoimhe O’Neill, Sean Bradbury and Theo Squires have their say below.
Caoimhe O’Neill – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There I said it.
The big Swede is currently a free agent after a stateside spell with LA Galaxy, and hear me out – but I think he could be the perfect fit for title-charging Liverpool.
Divock Origi has been Jurgen Klopp’s super sub of late, and imagine the German also having this 6ft 5in vastly experienced centre-forward in his locker to back up Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. It could be good.
I know Ibrahimovic is past his peak years, now aged 38, but I also think the Reds could be the side to squeeze a magical half-season out of the 358 goal goliath.
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Klopp himself recently revealed he would have signed the striker had he not played for rivals Manchester United in the past. It would be a risk of course – like any transfer – but with Ibrahimovic there’s no time for losing.
He is a serial winner and 13-time player of the season at some of Europe’s most elite clubs.I am sure he would be as hungry as Liverpool to add a Premier League winners medal to his glittering collection.
Sean Bradbury – Max Aarons
My biggest concern about the squad as the season rolls on is potential burnout in defence.
Liverpool have options to come in and give Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson a breather. But they have no-one who could really even begin to replicate the progressive play both stars offer.
Norwich City have been a strange team this season. After early promise and a stunning 3-2 win against Pep Guardiola’s side, things have fallen away.
Relegation is beginning to look inevitable and Max Aarons is a hot prospect they will struggle to hold on to. The 19-year-old can play on either flank at full-back and appears to have immense potential.
He might be an answer now to cover for Robertson or Trent. Longer-term, he may perhaps even be a solution that would allow Alexander-Arnold to move into midfield if that is what Jurgen Klopp wants.
If Norwich have a dismal festive season and remain rooted to the bottom of the table in January, I would chance a bid for Aarons to try and bolster Liverpool’s defensive depth and secure a possible star in the making.
Theo Squires – Kevin De Bruyne
I’m firmly of the opinion that it is virtually impossible to make this Liverpool starting XI any better than it already is.
The front three is the best on the planet, the full-backs are the best on the planet and they boast the best goalkeeper, centre-back and holding midfielder in world football too.
You could argue that Virgil van Dijk or Fabinho’s defensive partners could potentially be slightly improved, but we all know Jurgen Klopp is almost certainly not strengthening his pack in January anyway.
So let’s just choose a Man City player for the sake of this article. Might as well make them weaker and Liverpool stronger – two birds, one stone and all that.
I’m tempted to say Raheem Sterling just because it would amuse me after this week’s run-in with Joe Gomez.
He’s shown he’s perfectly willing to trade in for a better offer and the lure of silverware in the past, but I’m perfectly content with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah outwide truth be told.
So that leaves it to Aymeric Laporte or Kevin De Bruyne as City’s finest talents.
Liverpool have been leaky at the back this season, and the thought of a Laporte and Van Dijk partnership is salivating, but he’ll still be feeling his way back from injury in January. And besides, Joel Matip will be back by then.
Meanwhile, De Bruyne is the best playmaker going and that’s the one role this Reds squad lacks, not that they look to be suffering without one.
So go on, Jurgen. Land the Belgian and take another step towards the Premier League title.