Liverpool are ready to spend more money in the transfer market after narrowly losing out on Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones to Manchester United by focusing all of their attentions on Everton’s Leighton Baines.
The Anfield side are said to be disappointed on losing out on the youngster despite signing Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson early on Wednesday with the 20 year old taking a medical at Melwood.
However, Baines is not only one of England’s most talented left-backs but he also plays for Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton and a move by the 26 year old will mean being one of very few who have made the Merseyside switch. Liverpool, very much like Everton, will not be able to offer any European football next season although it is more likely that the Red side will push for a top four finish, possibly even a push for the title with no UEFA distractions.
Whilst Jones is primarily a centre back, Liverpool do need someone on the left and feel Carragher can still play centre-back for most of the season should he not receive any major injury concerns. The left-back position does remain an issue for the Anfield side however and Liverpool will begin to look into Baines much more urgently and ask David Moyes’ Everton for a price.
Whilst Baines is highly unlikely to join Liverpool and Moyes even more unlikely to allow him to leave it will not stop Liverpool testing the water as they continue their hunt for the best footballers Britain has to offer.