Liverpool are enjoying one of their best campaigns under Jurgen Klopp and firmly in contention for another Premier League title this season.
Thanks to the world-class performances from players like Mo Salah and Trent Alexander- Arnold, Liverpool finds itself only one point out of first place as the January window draws near.
However, threats to their title hopes loom.
When compared to their title rivals, Liverpool may not have the depth to compete through the entire season.
Injuries and poor form from key players could potentially spell disaster at Anfield, not to mention the fact that Salah and Sadio Mane will miss time due to the African Cup of Nations.
While in the past, Fenway Sports Group has hesitated to spend in the January window, they may need to open the checkbook in order to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a chance for a second Premier League trophy in three years.
In this article, we take a look at three players that Liverpool can further add to their ranks this January transfer window:
Attacking option for Liverpool: Jonathan David, Lille forward
There may be no hotter young striker in the world than Jonathan David. The 21-year old Lille striker followed up a title-winning season in Ligue 1 with 11 goals in 17 matches this season. Despite Lille falling to mid-table this season, David has constantly been able to find the back of the net.
Liverpool has been rumored to be interested in the Canadian, and he would be a smart investment for the Reds. Valued at around 35 million pounds, he could be an ideal future asset to develop behind Salah, Mane, and Jota.
Liverpool needs to inject both depth and youth into their attackers. Salah and Mane are not exactly old, but they will be entering their thirties next year. Roberto Firmino is already 30, and David could be seen by the club as a replacement for the Brazilian in the future.
The Reds desperately need attacking depth if they want to remain competitive in the Champions League and the Premier League. Jonathan David could be one for now and for the future.
Midfield depth needed at Liverpool: Fabian Ruiz, Napoli midfielder
The Reds need to strengthen their midfield in January, and a potential target for Jurgen Klopp could be Fabian Ruiz. The Napoli midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League recently, with Manchester United reportedly also interested in the Spaniard.
While recent reports say this move is more likely in the summer, Liverpool would be keen to bring Ruiz in as reinforcement in January. Ruiz is an incredibly talented midfielder and has shown his quality in Serie A. He has 5 goals this season and can play well as a defensive or attacking midfielder. He would be an ideal candidate to fit into Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation.
Fabian would instantly be a fan favorite at Anfield with his ability to advance the ball and unlock a defense. His skill and versatility would help a Liverpool squad looking to add depth during the January window.
Another attacking option for the Reds: Raphinha, Leeds United winger
Raphinha to Liverpool makes sense. Liverpool was heavily linked to signing the ex-Rennes winger last summer before Leeds signed the Brazilian. Since then, his stock has only risen. He is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League today. He plays with flair and is difficult for defenders to shut down.
Despite Leeds’ struggles this year, Raphinha has remained a constant performer this season, scoring six times this season. Leeds is reportedly asking for around 60 million pounds for the services of their star, While Liverpool typically does not spend this much in the winter transfer window, Raphinha could be the exception to that rule, as he would complete an already lethal group of attackers.
His signing would be similar to the signing of Diogo Jota last summer. Both are Premier League-proven players, who could provide a spark off the bench as well as potentially playing their way into the starting lineup. A future attacking trio featuring Jota and Raphinha could be one to remember at Anfield. The winger is clearly ready for a move to a team competing for trophies, and the logical move is Liverpool.