Which players should Liverpool sign first under the new regime?

Make a shopping list for Roy Hodgson


Yes, we know nothing’s been confirmed yet, it could all go tits up and any optimism should only be cautious at this stage. But hey, everyone loves a transfer wish-list. Extra helpings of conjecture on mine, please!

Should John Henry and NESV complete their Liverpool takeover, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility manager Roy Hodgson will soon wake up to one of these outside his door (it’s a ‘transfer warchest’), filled with £10-15m – plus funds recouped from the sea of dead wood at Anfield – for use this winter.

Once the rebuilding has been completed in the boardroom who should Liverpool rope in to start reconstruction on the pitch? Here are our picks:


A winger: Niko Kranjcar – £7-9m

Kranjcar is arguably the best player in the Premier League not able to get a game at the moment, and, with Rafael van der Vaart pulling up trees in Spurs’ midfield, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be a regular starter. Creative, prone to a jinking run, and best of all, a NATURAL winger.


A forward: Kalu Uche – £5-7m

The Reds want a reliable, versatile attacker who won’t mind playing second fiddle (tactically and figuratively) to an occasionally fit Torres. Fresh off a decent World Cup with Nigeria, Almeria’s Kalu Uche offers a creative outlet anywhere across the forward line and, with an average of seven goals a season in La Liga, is likely to contribute his fair share.


A centre-half: Joris Mathijsen – £9-11m

Reliable defensive cover at a decent price is hard to come by at the moment. Solid, if slightly unremarkable, Mathijsen is a mainstay in the Dutch national setup and can play as an auxiliary left back if things get really desperate.

Who do YOU reckon should be first in the door at Anfield? And be realistic – if we hear one ‘Edin Dzeko’, we’re closing down the site.

37 responses so far
  • Steven // October 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Poulsen-Babel-Maxi OUT
    Guthrie-Hammill-Anderson IN

  • Edin Dzeko // October 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Edin Dzeko.

    Now, no more “who should we buy” threads until December, okay?

  • steve mcauley // October 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    let’s not get carried away here, dumb&dumber are still here so i’m not going to count my chickens! but if it does go through then i would like to see the mooted babel/mata deal come off, shawcross to replace carra and a striker of the calibre of suarez

  • dwayne // October 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    1. Arda Turan
    2. Giovanni dos Santos

  • jeff // October 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    In-forlan or dzeko, elia,turan,mata aquilani. Out-babel,lucas,maxi

  • jamjam // October 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    there is really 5 player we need !
    neven subotic , fabio contrao , and
    edin Dzeko, ever benega , and kuzmanovic

  • Tom Hallahan // October 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    if it were me, first order of business is to contact Xabi Alonso. Come home Xabi – we miss you. We really, really miss you

  • David J McElroy // October 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    1. Charles N’Zogbia. Say no more.
    2. Keith Southern. Terrific holding midfielder.
    3. Kevin Kilbane. Utility man could fill in for Johnson/Konch
    4. Darren Bent. One of Europes top strikemen. Yes please.

  • MUFC Fan // October 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    1. John O’Shea
    2. Jonny Evans
    3. Michael Owen
    4. Thomas Kuszcak

    That’ll do for now, but I’ll be back soon if I can think of any more.

    (Funnily enough the Captcha code was “d1pper5″)

  • nodi // October 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Of course …. Edin Dzeko

  • Si // October 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Mirko Vučinić, Daniele De Rossi, and John Arne Riise.

    I suppose that might be a little too much robbery from Roma…

  • Matt // October 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Eljero Elia; Pacey, Young, & Creative

    Marek Hamsik; Good showing at WC, attack-minded, also young, bright.

    D. Bent; Well, I never thought I would, but…
    And I have to agree with the rest: Maxi’s gotta go. He brings nothing to the pitch. So does Ryan B., he’s mostly talk, the rest is sulk.

    I would keep Lucas however, he’s still young, learning…What would we get for him anyhow? 5m? Not enough.

  • Save // October 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    IN Ashley Young, Gomis and Ciro (very promising wonderkid)

    OUT David N’gog

  • Mish // October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    “if it were me, first order of business is to contact Xabi Alonso. Come home Xabi – we miss you. We really, really miss you”


  • Luigi // October 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    IN: Diego Forlan or Kun Aguero. Both are acking to come to the Premier League. If the new owners ccan pony up the cash then either one would be perfect to pick up the reigns when Nando can’t perform.

    OUT: Lucas, Hodgson. Neither one know what they are doing.

  • Matt // October 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    RE: Save

    If we let N’Gog walk, we will have to rely on young Danny P to hold the front in any injury concerns. I say keep N’Gog.

    Better the Devil you know that the Devil you don’t.

  • Jaz // October 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    None of these three would work for me, nothing more than N’Gog!! Maybe Gio Dos Santos and Possibly even Mata?

  • Chris from USA // October 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Going from what the owners did with the Red Sox (although I’m a Yankee fan I respect) expect an influx of young players with some strategically placed stars. If that idea works in Liverpool expect a return to glory in a few years.

  • Adam // October 7, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Would like to see Edin Dzeko come over, but not sure the money is there for that big of a purchase.

    I think Lassana Diarra would be a good buy to plug the Mascherano shaped hole in midfield.

    Juan Mata would also be a good buy in exhange for Babel so we’ve got a little more on the wings.

    Someone also needs to come in at centre half, but i think another striker and someone in the midfield should be the priority

  • Rodion // October 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    IN: as strikers, Ola Toivonen (L’pool contacted him before the end of the transfer window), Fernando Llorente (for Athletic Club de Bilbao he never will win titles, expects a call from a big club for sure), as midfielders, Ander Herrera (great and talented Spain U21 midfielder, plays for Real Zaragoza, last position now in La Liga, would be cheap) and Javi Martínez (central midfielder, same case of Llorente), and finally I’m agree on Mathijsen as defender.

    Jonjo Shelvey and Stephen Darby should have more time in the field.

    Never Kalu Uche I hope! He’s a very irregular player. And I really don’t think Kranjcar leave Spurs in december.

    OUT: no doubt, N’Gog, Babel and Maxi. Maybe Lucas Leiva and Kyrgiakos. I would like show the exit door also of a couple of this season signings’ if it wasn’t a waste of money …

  • Runkle // October 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Fernando Llorente (for Athletic Club de Bilbao he never will win titles, expects a call from a big club for sure)

    if he’s expecting a call from a big club why would he be interested in liverpool?

  • jittah // October 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Arda Turan, Bryan Ruiz

  • Hitler // October 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    What dickhead suggested swapping Juan Mata for Ryan Babel?

    Valencia are broke, but their not fucking stupid. Maybe Liverpool should do a triple swap; Babel, Ngon and Lucas for Pablo, Mata and Ever?

    Stupid cunt.

  • Rodion // October 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Copy and paste from wikipedia:

    “Liverpool is the joint most successful club in the history of English football and one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world. The club is the most successful English club in European competition, having won five European Cups and three UEFA Cups.”

    Maybe that’s why Liverpool is a big club.

    The last two years have been bad and this seems worse, but that doesn’t diminish his status. Signing recognized and proven quality players for all positions, having a capable and winner manager (Hodgson doesn’t seem to fit it) and some responsible owners (maybe this baseball guys?) are the magic formula to back fighting for great things.

  • james c // October 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    In: Valter Birsa, Robert Vittek, Keisuke Honda, Ryan Shawcross. Out: Jamie Carragher, David N’gog, Lucas, Ryan Babel

  • Hitler // October 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Maybe that’s why Liverpool were a big club, Rodion.

    They have a tiny little ground and haven’t won the premier league in almost a quarter of a century.

    Are Nottingham Forrest a big club too, by your logic?

  • Mish // October 8, 2010 at 1:24 am


    Haven’t you got anything better to do than carry on your bitter pre-occupation with LFC, its the same for all of yous, you all claim to hate us but you just can’t stop talking about us.

    It just shows that we ARE the big, pedigree club and yous lot are still starting up at us in awe that you’ve actually managed to win a few bits and pieces..its sad.

  • randaplan // October 8, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Liverpool need one man – Ezequiel Lavezzi. the rest is simple.

  • ledattack // October 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm


  • Hitler // October 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm


    You are a fucking stupid cunt. Because a few people say Liverpool aren’t big, that doesn’t mean they are obsessed and it doesn’t make you big.

    I posted that I think Sven is a shit manager somewhere else.

    Am I obsessed with Leicester and do I secretly think Sven is good?

    Fucking retard. Get a bird.

  • Louie Louie Louie // October 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    In: Arjen Robben, Kun Aguero.

    Out: Fernando “Crybaby-wanna-make-buckloads-of-dough-but-dont-want-to-play-here” Torres

  • Macca // October 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Liverpool fans: the New England group are worth a collective £1 billion. The lad from Singapore is worth £1 billion.

    No matter who owns lfc, as of tomorrow, the financial backing, by Premier League terms, is not enough to restore the club to its former position.

    From the 1960′s to the mid-2000′s liverpool could have been considered a big club. From 1892-1960 they most certainly weren’t.

    As of October 2010 they will be a middling club with the clout of a Sunderland, Birmingham City etc.

  • Donal // October 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I would love to see Ashley Young be are first signing , he is a natural winger with a lot of pace ,trickery and creativity. He is also English, two footed and great at crossing the ball ,we have not really had a good natural pacey ,tricky winger since the likes of Barnes and McManaman. In the last couple of years Riera,Benayoun,Kewell,Rodriguez,Kuyt, Jovanovic etc. all have failed to really impress me while I highly rate Dirk Kuyt I think we need someone with pace and tricks and I thought Ryan Babel might have solved the problem but he hasnt and it would be £20m well spent in my opinion.I actually think we need two good wingers and for the 2nd one I would like a left footer so maybe Juan Mata or Keisuke Honda both would be fantastic.Adam Johnson or Gareth Bale could be good signings but I cant see our rivals selling to us. I also think we need a really great central midfielder as I dont think Lucas and Poulsen are up to the job so dream signings would be De Rossi and Schweinsteiger but more realistic and still great signings would be Ever Banega and Lassana Diarra.For up front I would love Dzeko but again more realistic and still a great signing would be Mario Gomez. I would also like a new left back in Fabio Contraeu and maybe a good centre half like Brede Hangeland. We could sell Lucas, Poulsen, Babel, Krygiakos, Aurelio, Rodriguez, Jovanovic, etc. and a few who are on loan like Aquilani, Insua ,Degen etc.

  • OBB // October 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    With Kuyt out I’d go for someone like Ibricic from Hajduk Split. He’s performed solidly in tthe Europa to date and could be a good linking unit to Gerrard and Torres.
    They need a low profile midfield hard nut in the mould of Van Bommell (evil bastard). Not sure who that is but should have picked up Lorik Cana or a outside roughie with potential is Bayer Leverkusen’s Vida Domigoj. Showed glimpses in the recent Euro U21′s, that he’ll be a star of the future.

  • Hitler // October 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Donal, I hope the new owners buy you some new paragraphs.

    Stupid Irish cunt.

  • Jai // October 25, 2010 at 6:28 am

    You’ve got it all wrong dear author.
    We need:
    1 Winger yes, Arda Turan/Juan Mata
    2. Mid. Ever Banega/Steven defour
    3. Striker. Loic Remy
    4. LB. Contrao

    Turan, Banega, Contrao and or Bryan Ruiz are MUST.
    sell Lucas, Maxi, Poulsen and Babel.

  • joe mcfc ok // October 28, 2010 at 2:43 am

    First: torres out -man city

    In: adebayor , santa cruz , zabaleta , richards , bridge ,stuart taylor.All amazing players city woldnt like to let em go

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