Premier League: The three players Liverpool are most likely to sign

Mats Hummels to Liverpool is a rumour epitomising the tabloids' reluctance to overexert themselves
Mats Hummels to Liverpool is a rumour epitomising the tabloids' reluctance to overexert themselves

Only one Borussia Dortmund employee features on the list of Liverpool's January 2015 most wanted...

"The reason that Liverpool are rated viable contenders for Mats Hummels is Jurgen Klopp’s role in the his emergence as one of the world’s best defenders, but former partner Neven Subotic is arguably more disposable to Borussia Dortmund having lost his starting place under Thomas Tuchel."

Having already explored the January transfer window shortlists of first Chelsea and then Manchester United, now it is the turn to investigate who Liverpool might turn to in their first opportunity to enter the market since hiring Jurgen Klopp in October.

Our methodology is simple, we have been through each of the whopping 35 different markets offered on the Betfair Sportsbook about where numerous players will end up come deadline day, and picked out the three men possessing the shortest odds to make a move to Anfield...


Alexandre Pato @ 5/1

There appears to be a lot of belief that Pato will head for the Premier League this winter, and to a fairly esteemed club too it would seem despite him widely being viewed as unfulfilled potential, with Chelsea the sole side shorter in the betting than Liverpool to sign him.

However, this writer just can't see the Reds recruiting a striker right now. They possess two capable of scoring 20 goals a season if they find fitness and adapt to Klopp's instructions in Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and the currently-crocked Danny Ings are exceeding expectations and Roberto Firmino has featured frequently under the new boss.


Mats Hummels @ 6/1

It's a post-Christmas miracle as, for what is surely the first time in at least two-and-a-half years, there are a Premier League team judged more likely to purchase Mats Hummels than the Germany centre back's supposed long-term admirers Man United.

Of course, the reason that Liverpool are suddenly rated such viable contenders is Klopp's role in the 27-year-old's emergence as one of the world's best defenders, but former partner Neven Subotic is arguably more disposable to Borussia Dortmund having lost his starting place under Thomas Tuchel.


Sadio Mane @ 10/1

It wouldn't feel right to have a transfer window in which the Merseysiders weren't ogling one of Southampton's premier performers, and this looks like a rare occasion where their eyes are locked on the right St Mary's target.

One of the weakest areas of the Liverpool squad is on the wings, where they are often forced to relocate a forward or an attacking midfielder, the majority of whom are more dangerous centrally, due to a lack of alternatives.

Though Mane himself has begun to play in the middle more this term, his ability to terrify defences from wide positions was established throughout 2014/15, and he could be precisely the kind of heavy metal footballer to get Klopp excited.

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