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Window Shopping: Liverpool FC

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In our new feature, we're taking a look at what every Premier League club needs in January to cement their season ambitions, whether that is challenging for the Premier League crown, or clinging to the ladder of survival come May 2019. Our second article, and aptly in second place at time of writing is Liverpool.

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Summer Review:

After a disappointing end to an otherwise stunning season, Jurgen Klopp was promised backing by his board and they delivered. Although a protracted saga with Nabil Fekir saw the French maverick stay at Lyon, the bombastic German seemingly added four quality players to his ranks: Alisson from Roma, Keita from RB Leipzig, Fabinho from AS Monaco and Xherdan Shaqiri from relegated Stoke. While the Swiss has proved to be a bargain, Fabinho has struggled to settle in England, being solid if not spectacular so far, the same said of Naby Keita who joined from RB Leipzig. Two-week-long-world-record-fee goalkeeping signing Alisson has also been a mixed bag, keeping a number of clean sheets, but also being culpable for several goals due to poor mistakes. The only big name out was Emre Can, joining Juventus on a free - a move totally overshadowed by a certain Portuguese's arrival in Turin. 

Who comes in?

Liverpool have built a solid squad this season, but Jurgen Klopp will spend money if it is available. First and foremost, rumours of a proper No. 10 continue to swirl with Nabil Fekir's name referenced often, but alternatively, they might look for a winger such as Christian Pulisic to bolster their incredibly strong front line. Expect an experienced back-up goalkeeper to also be on Klopp's shopping list. 

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Who goes out?

Simon Mignolet has frequently expressed his boredom at warming the bench and after rejecting a move to Naples in the summer, he's likely to try and push his way out in January. Whether anyone will bite at him is another matter. Divock Origi's career is stagnating and he needs to leave, with only six months on his deal Liverpool will be keen to cash in on a player who has never looked good enough and Crystal Palace might be willing to take the bait, given how desperate they are for a goalscorer. Dom Solanke will leave on loan, possibly to Huddersfield and you wonder if he'll return in the summer. Alberto Moreno might also return to Spain, having seen his position securely cemented by the reliable Andy Robertson.

Shock signing?

With Liverpool's front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino, you imagine any player that comes in would have to be prepared to be an impact player from the bench, getting rotational starts in the cup and lesser Premier League matches. Having said this, Liverpool have sniffed around Ousmane Dembele and he certainly might stake a claim at displacing one of the mercurial front three. Injuries and ill-discipline have plagued his time at Barcelona, but on his day he is a bonafide match winner with pace, power and a deadly finish. The price might prove to be a stumbling block for January, however, as the Catalan club will expect to get most of their £100+ million back if they do part with the young frenchman. 

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Shock departure?

Perhaps less of a shock given his marginalised match minutes this season, but still undeniably one of Liverpool's most creative outlets on his day, Adam Lallana is struggling to work his way in Jurgen Klopp's plans. Injuries have always afflicted his career and with the technical tricky playmaker not getting any younger, he might be tempted to leave rotation on Merseyside for a starting role elsewhere. If Lallana doesn't leave, don't rule out Fabinho looking to head to pastures new just six months after signing, as reports suggest he is unsettled in Northern England. 

Summary

On paper, Liverpool have a starting eleven to match Manchester City, but their bench leaves a little to be desired compared to their rivals. If Klopp can sign the right player for the right position, price won't be a problem. Time is running out, however, and the German cannot keep spending money with nothing but attacking football and runner-up medals to show for it. 

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