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Mata, Downing & Johnson: Assessing Liverpool’s Winger Targets

While King Kenny is out signing central midfielders, we are compiling a list of wingers that he could be interested in once he completes moves for Chalie Adam, etc.. So here’s the list!

JUAN MATA | Spanish
Age: 23 

Club: Valencia

2010/11 Games: 41

Position: Striker 

Value: €25m (£22m)

2010/11 Goals: 9

Very impressive and shows a great deal of maturity for a fairly young age. A winger whom possesses great crossing ability, exhilarating speed, deceptive ability and goalscoring talent. A product of Real Madrid’s youth academy, the Spaniard has gone on to shine for one of Spain’s most decorated clubs: Valencia.

Proving his worth at the U21 European Championships, where he has formed a formidable partnership with striker Adrian Lopez, for whom he has helped to score, with 2 assists in the tournament thus far (the final’s today). Plays naturally as a left winger and a player whom can surprise with a wicked shot.

Stewart Downing | English
Age: 26 

Club: Aston Villa

2010/11 Games: 44

Position: Striker 

Value: €21m (£19m)

2010/11 Goals: 8

A lot of questionable aspects to a potential Stewart Downing transfer to Liverpool FC. First thing would be club loyalty. He’s already forced a move from Middlesborough to Aston Villa, and he’s trying to do the same thing once again. So I personally am not a fan of these types of players.

Another thing I’m not really crazy about for this man is that he’s not pacey, he cuts in way too much. I want someone livewire down the wings, to be honest, in many aspects, I see him very much like a Joe Cole. But apart from all that, he’s got a decent cross and a great deceptive pass/shot. So I won’t exactly complain if he comes to Anfield either.

Adam Johnson | English
Age: 23 

Club: Man City

2010/11 Games: 29

Position: Winger 

Value: €12m (£11m)

2010/11 Goals: 8

A delightful winger when on his day, I remember when he absolutely punished Liverpool’s defence back at the start of last season with his pace and skill. But he’s one whom is really inconsistent. I’ve seen games which he has been involved with where he has been absolutely anonymous.

He fits the bill, he’s young, he’s British and he’s got bags of ability. In my opinion, he is the one that we should actually be going after in the summer.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. farhan

    June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Adam johnson all the way

  2. redhed17

    June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Even though I think it would be better for Adam Johnson to get regular football, there is no way Man City would let him leave, even if he wanted to go, which I doubt.

    Of the other two, Mata has the most potential for the money, as I don’t think there is much more from Downing, he only needs to stay at his high level consistently though.

    Looking at the U21 games though, and I think Mata was playing more centrally, and we have enough central midfielders.

    Eden Hazard looked class, but that’s seems to have gone a bit quiet.

  3. Ben

    June 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    In an ideal situation I’d say get Mata as well as Downing and Lennon. We’d have depth to dream of and as said above Mata can (and does sometimes) play centrally. I’d have him over Wickham and then our forward line can be mixed around at will to confuse opponents! Of course with Carroll as well it’d be hard keeping them all happy, but as the cliche goes it would be a good headache for KK to have!!

  4. TomD

    June 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I wouldn’t touch Downing witha barge pole. One paced and a limited repertoire of ways to beat his fullback i.e. boot it past him and try to win the race, or cut inside and pass to somebody, marked or not. How Kenny can think of inflicting this player on the club is bizarre. Adam and Henderson are also not of the quality required. If they were top sides would be in for them. A midfield of these 3 would be laughed at by sides attempting to win the league.

  5. anfiwyn

    June 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I’d go for Mata and though he’s not on the list Turan. Turan’s got great crossing ability, speed and can fire in a goal or three. Plus he fits bill in the club’s long term strategy of buying young players. He’s always said Liverpool is his dream team, so why can LFC make that come true?

  6. Salim patel

    June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I lov liverpool . Great football team

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