Juan Iturbe, Hellas Verona, Attacking Midfielder
The 19-year-old Argentine, on loan from Porto, has been one of Hellas’ standout players as they have lit up Serie A. His free-kick on debut was an absolute belter, and he has been described as ‘the new Messi’ in his homeland due to the fact that he’s left-footed and plays predominantly on the right. Technically excellent, rapid, a great finisher and fine dribbler, he is exactly the sort of multi-faceted forward Liverpool need to play a high tempo game based on ball retention and constantly switching the point of attack through movement.
Clement Grenier, Lyon, Midfield
Consistently linked to Arsenal, Grenier is a superb talent who can play on the right or tucked in behind the striker. With a repertoire of tricks that would make a performing seal blush, he combines this flair with an impressive workrate and has spoken of his desire to leave Lyon. With Arsenal having a surfeit of attacking midfielders, Liverpool could offer him a greater chance of first team football.
Lars Bender, Bayer Leverkusen, Central midfield
Although Alberto, Allen and Henderson are knocking on the door to replace Lucas short-term and Gerrard long-term, a high quality central midfielder who can both dictate play and burst forward in support would improve Liverpool markedly. The brother of Dortmund’s Sven, he is ahead of his twin in the German pecking order and is known for his stamina, workrate and, like all modern German footballers, outstanding all-round skills. With an eye for goal and 214 club appearances under his belt, the 24-year-old would have no problems settling in to the Premier League.
Adrien Rabiot, PSG, Midfield
Liverpool fans will beware left-footed French players with a big rep – remember Cheyrou – but Rabiot is the real deal. A tall, left-footed playmaker who appears to glide across the turf, he would be PSG’s fulcrum for the next decade were they not owned by a man who is playing a real-life game of Football Manager from his palace.