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​January Transfer Special: 5 players Liverpool must target to help 'Fab Four'

Over the past few years we've come to expect nothing short of superb attacking football from Liverpool.

Another thing synonymous with the Reds, though, is their inconsistency which stems from problems such as their porous defence and on some occasions, their ineffective midfield.

With the January transfer window fast approaching we take a look at 5 players they could sign in a bid to gain some much needed consistency in all areas of the pitch.

Sime Vrsaljko- Atletico Madrid

The Croatian full-back has been restricted to just four La Liga appearances this season as Diego Simeone has opted for long-serving Atletico defender Juanfran to be the mainstay at right-back.

As expected, this has not gone down well with Vrsaljko as he's reportedly keen on a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano in January. Napoli are keen on landing his signature, but Liverpool are rumoured to have him on their radar and are capable of paying his reported £22m price tag.

Liverpool would do well to make the deal happen as Vrsaljko could introduce some stability to their right flank given his ability on the ball, his tactical awareness and most of all, his somewhat cheap price tag.

Virgil Van Dijk - Southampton

Liverpool are in desperate need of a replacement for Dejan Lovren whose performances have been lacklustre this term. Having made multiple attempts to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer, Southampton refused to sanction the deal thus the Reds were left with the likes of Matip and Lovren for the 2017/18 season.

Thankfully, the transfer window is on the horizon, and in a bid to rectify their defensive problems, Jurgen Klopp could try to lure Van Dijk to Anfield once again.

The Dutch defender is strong in the air, has a great command of his area, and is quite capable of getting most players off the ball in a physical battle. He'd definitely be an upgrade on Liverpool's current centre-backs.

Juan Mata- Manchester United

Rumours are rife that Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona could happen in January. Should that deal go through, Jurgen Klopp will be in dire need of a like-for-like replacement, with loads of experience and ability – Manchester United's Juan Mata fits the bill on that front.

With the Red Devils edging towards a deal for unsettled Inter Milan midfielder, Joao Mario, Juan Mata will most likely be available for a move, and he could prove to be a perfect replacement for Coutinho should the Brazil international make his way to the Nou Camp.

We all know what Mata's capable of. He's not the most physical player, but he's an extremely skilled midfielder who possesses the skillset required to feature on a regular basis for top teams.

Stefan De Vrij - Lazio

Along with Van Dijk, Liverpool were interested in signing De Vrij during the summer transfer window but faced competition from Juventus who were keen on strengthening their already world-class defensive line-up.

De Vrij eventually remained at Lazio and signed a three-year contract as his old deal was set to run out soon. His new contract shouldn't deter clubs from signing him in January, though, as it features an affordable £27m release clause.

An ideal transfer window would see Liverpool sign both Van Dijk and De Vrij for an all-Dutch double act.

Riyad Mahrez- Leicester City

Mahrez would most definitely be a welcome addition to any top six side, more so Liverpool, who may lose a key player in the form of Coutinho to Barcelona in January.

Aside from Juan Mata, Mahrez is another viable January signing given he wanted to leave Leicester in the summer. He's shown his resolve by putting up exquisite displays for the Foxes despite being keen on leaving the club.

Spurs, Roma and Arsenal are reportedly interested in him, but Liverpool could enter the fray with the promise of being part of a fluid attacking side that would allow the Algerian midfielder to flourish like he did two seasons ago.

Phillip Ekuwem
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