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Buying Ashley Williams will be a masterstroke for Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, had addressed the need of buying few players in the January transfer window and so far he has kept his words.

The Reds have already signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea earlier this month and are almost in the process of wrapping up the deal for Inter Milan prodigy Philippe Coutinho who has completed his medical on Tuesday.

The Anfield club is also looking to bring former academy graduate Tom Ince from Blackpool, though both the clubs are far apart in their valuation over the player. The Championship star wants to return to his former club and it is to be seen whether any deal at all can be made within such a short time.

Liverpool are desperate to get back into the top four and Rodgers might feel the need to make at least one more signing before the window shuts down.

Defence is one of the key areas where any new recruitment would prove handy. Liverpool have been over reliant on the central defensive pairing of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel while their back-up players – veteran Jamie Carragher and young Sebastian Coates – haven’t been impressive at all.

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Liverpool are over reliant on Agger and Skrtel

They have conceded 28 goals this season but what is more alarming is the manner in which they have conceded. According to stat from Opta Joe:

Swansea’s vice-skipper Ashley Williams has been linked with a move to Liverpool and this is one player Rodgers must buy in order to plug the holes in defence.

The 28-year-old has been the rock of Gibraltar for Swansea this season and going by the rumours could be available for within £9 million. Rodgers himself had admitted that age is not a factor in buying players for him, if the player is right for the club.

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Ashley Williams could help Liverpool’s defence

For a while forget about Rodgers’ methods of buying players based on familiarity (though it is a major factor here), this is a defender that has the record of making most overall contributions (243) – measured by tackles won, clearances, interceptions and blocks – in the league outside top six so far.

While Everton’s Phil Jagielka (62) and Leighton Baines (54) have attempted more tackles than Williams (42) but the Welsh international has made more interceptions than both of them.

He has made more blocks than any other defenders in the league (32) outside top six, that only suggests his ability to read the game and still do the dirty jobs without making frequent lunging tackles, which bodes well with Rodgers’ philosophy perfectly.

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Ashley Williams’ record better than Everton duo

The most important aspect of his game is his commanding presence in the field. He has any defensive contribution with just over nine minutes per game on an average, better than any other defenders outside the top six clubs.

Also, he has the much needed Premier League experience under his belt and would take little time in adjusting to Rodgers’ methods at Liverpool. Being a skipper himself, he would add his leadership skills at the back, but most importantly he would bring enormous quality to the side.

Rodgers could easily field him along with either Skrtel or Agger by closing his eyes, while it would also give him an opportunity to send Coates on loan, so that the Uruguayan can get regular games under his belt.

Last but not the least at £9 million, it will be a bargain deal. Whether Michael Laudrup will allow his vice-captain to leave is another question, but the Reds must try to lure him now in order to bolster their squad and enhance their chances of finishing in top four.

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Comments (8)

  1. LFC cannot sign Swansea players – until end of season – agreement in place to stop Brendan pinching Swansea players. Besides why does Brendan employ scouts all over the world for ????????????????????????

    • it was only a gentleman’s agreement. And evidently Brendan is no gentleman. after agreeing not to buy any players from swansea, the very first thing he did was buy Joe Allan from Swansea. Pathetic. Not a gentleman and all he cares about is his own gain and nithing else.

  2. If Rodgers buys Williams who is 28,there will be bloody murder from the fans ;-( buy buy buy Swansea SH*T !!! You will be sacked ASAP if you don’t start buying proper footballers,instead of two foot DWARFS ;-( LFC needs a midfield General,so go and buy one you idiot rodgers ??? NO LFC fan is fooled by your bullsh*t…

    • If that’s your attitude about things, perhaps you should go and support Chelsea as that’s the kind of attitude and contempt they tend to have towards their players. In what way is Ashley Williams anything other than a quality centre half? I’ll agree Allen hasn’t been great the last couple of months, but your abuse of the man is uncalled for and pathetic. The club is clearly working to a plan and have already strengthened in January. Results have improved, players who Kenny didn’t know what to do with have a new lease on life (Henderson in particular) and we are starting to play Rodgers football. The manager is doing a solid job and won’t be going anywhere.

  3. ^ totally agree, im sick of these ‘so-called’ fans slagging off the team & the manager, for gods sake get behind the club (the club being EVERYONE @ LFC) & stop your pathetic whinging, its a work in progress & the signings are certainly more promising than kennys last year.
    As the last chap said – if you dont like it go afew miles down the road & become a bluenose or f*ck off down to somewhere like chelski or manure where you would be more @ home slagging our club off. You fool…..

  4. Yeah i agree! if fans are unhappy and don’t want to get behind the team and manager they must fuck off! I’m also sick of fans not supporting the team. This season is all about building. If you’re a real supporter you’ll do just that and stop bitching!

    • Well said David!Those who don’t know what true fans really mean had better get lost and stay there! Anfield needs fans and not gravediggers.

  5. Well sayed last few coments , you have to give the man a chanch , get behind your team 4 feck sake , no dought he will bring sucsess , its just a matter of time , allways love lfc no matter what YNWAL . ;-)