Few things are assured in football, but Liverpool moving for a left-sided attacking player this summer looks as close to nailed on as Bayern Munchen winning the 2013/14 Bundesliga.
Brendan Rodgers’ red men are currently second in the top flight and still in with a shot at winning the Premier League title for the first time at 6/1 odds, despite an obvious lack of depth and quality in their squad.
The presence of five Liverpool players in England’s starting line-up against Denmark recently, allied with the stellar seasons currently being enjoyed by exciting talents such as Philippe Coutinho and, of course, Luis Suarez, suggests that Rodgers’ side are ahead of schedule in their quest to become a European football powerhouse once again.
However, a cursory glance at the Reds’ bench during their last match – the 3-0 win at Southampton – shows that, while progress has been made, the Northern Irishman still has some way to go.
The likes of Iago Aspas, Brad Jones, Joao Teixeira and the consistently clumsy Kolo Toure shouldn’t be relied upon to back up the main men and Rodgers has had particular problems on the left flank since taking over as manager in the summer of 2012.
Luckily for the former Swansea chief, youngster Raheem Sterling has grown into the left-wing role this season following a difficult first campaign at Anfield, which effectively ended before the start of April.
However, the 19-year-old is liable to burn out from being overplayed – as he did last term – and with summer signings Aspas and Luis Alberto failing to live up to their combined £15m billing, Rodgers may move for Ajax’s young Denmark international Viktor Fischer.
Fischer – also 19 – was rated one of Europe’s top attacking prospects last summer, after finding the back of the net ten times during his first Eredivisie campaign.
The Aarhus native isn’t enjoying the same success this term and has dropped down the pecking order in Amsterdam, following reported fall-outs with some members of the coaching staff, but he’s still chipped in with three goals and two assists in 24 appearances in the Dutch top flight.
Although Rodgers’ first-choice left-wing target is still thought to be Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, an aborted January swoop for the Ukraine international showcased how difficult it will be to secure his services, while Fischer could be bought for around £15m when the transfer window reopens.