From my point of view below I’ll talk about Rafa and Liverpool possible transfers not neccessarly with names maybe pointing to the weak positions in the team that should be strengthen.
- Sami Hyypiä (out to Leverkusen)
- Andrea Dossena (didn’t have good season)
- Philipp Degen (injury prone and hardly played this season)
Liverpool needs at least central defender to cover Hyypia departure, also leftback if Dossena left the Reds. While Arbeloa versatility can cover both central defender position and right back but Benitez really should think about his side full backs
Sébastien Bassong (Newcastle and France / 22 age)
French defender graduated from Clairefontaine youth academy former Metz player, he spent his first year with Newcastle to saw his team relegated to the Championship.
Sergio Sanchez (Espanyol and Spain / 22 age)
Versatile young Spanish defender can play either as right full back or central defender can solve Hyypia departure and cover right side of Liverpool defense.
Liverpool look like certain of losing Xabi Alonso, Gareth Barry is for sure Rafa main target he can play in 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 his left foot talent is very welcomed at the Anfield.
Ryan Babel spent two full seasons with Liverpool until now his form is disappointed and look far away behind (the new Henry tag). Rumors suggest Benitez will cash on him to bring more constant performer to the team, David Silva will be great addition but his price tag is huge so Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) could be more feasible for Benitez.
Lucas (Brazil / age 22) the young defensive midfielder has yet fulfill his potential with The Reds, I don’t know if Benitez will give him another chance or he will let him go if the right offer come. my suggestion will be the Brazilian:
Fernando Menegazzo (Bordeaux / age 28):
Well established midfielder won the Ligue 1 this season with Blanc, I like his agility and mobility his physical status can cope with Premier League intensity.
Keane deal last summer was a disaster transfer for Liverpool, but Benitez must bring a decent forward can partner Torres and can be back-up for him there is several options:
Andriy Voronin: (Ukrain and Hertha Berlin / age 29)
Liverpool player spent last season on loan with Hertha Berlin in general he was impressive in the Bundesliga.
Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay and Blackburn / age 27)
His departure from Rovers looks imminent, he is a great striker and with huge European experience as Cruz was ex-player for Bayern Munich.
David Villa (Spain and Valencia / age 27)
The ideal partner for Torres but he is the most expensive option for Benitez, despite that Benitez stated previously that this summer Liverpool may break their transfer record so the most wanted striker in Europe could be the last piece in Benitez armada to bring back Premier League title back.
Please Tell me your opinion