There has been plenty of talk of a Champions-League qualification necessitated shopping spree at Liverpool this summer, but could there be money-saving alternatives already ensconced within the Anfield ranks?
Below news.bwin.com/en/ put forward the claims of a trio of loanees who have done plenty to enhance their claims of being part of the club’s 11/2-rated 2014/15 title bid.
Jakub Sokolic – Southend
Sitting three points off League Two top spot in mid January, the Shrimpers seemed to have thrown away their promotion dreams come mid March, after a run of 11 outings without a win.
Enter Sokolic, who signed at Anfield from Banik Ostrava in 2009/10.
The 20-year-old began his partnership with Sunderland loanee John Egan at the centre of Phil Brown’s rearguard in the 0-0 draw with Bury and Southend have lost just twice in the ten matches he’s started since.
Perma-tanned former Hull boss Brown is keen to snap him up, with the Czech potentially out of contract this summer.
Yet his form in a defence that has shipped just four goals in 11 games under his stewardship may well tempt Brendan Rodgers’ to scotch his opposite number’s plans.
Suso – Almeria
Rodgers has remained in regular contact with Suso throughout his stint at the La Liga strugglers and had cause to purr contentedly as the young Spaniard started the season in turbo.
Five assists, two goals and as many man of the match awards were plundered in his first 13 outings for La Union with his long distant hits particularly impressive
A dip in form followed, but he’s been back in the starting XI in recent matches, bagging a vital free-kick winner against Espanyol.
Fabio Borini – Sunderland
He may be one of the more obvious on-loan Anfielders to select, but it’s impossible not to include the former Roma man on this list.
Merely highlighting his ten goals and four assists for the Black Cats undersells the Italian’s contribution this term.
Iron resolve from the penalty spot highlighted Borini as a serious competitor and his four strikes in the final five games of the Premier League campaign did just as much to save Sunderland’s bacon as the better-publicised produce of Connor Wickham.