The Daily Telegraph reported last week that Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez may be looking to sell Mohammed Sissoko, John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch in order to raise money to sign Javier Mascherano on a permanent deal in the summer.
John Arne Riise – would Benetez let him go in January?
As is usual at Newcastle, speculation is that maybe Sam would want to bring John Arne Riise to the club in January, to solve our left back situation. Yes, we bought Jose Enrique in the summer for Â£6.3M, but Sam for some reason isnâ€™t playing the Spaniard in that position. We donâ€™t know exactly why that’s the case because even on Wednesday night Jose looked very ready to play for the club.
But if a new left-back could be brought in to hold the position, then that would free Charles Nâ€™Zogbia to pursue a more up-field attacking position in the team, which he is obviously best at.
Liverpool also have Steve Finnan, who may be available, and Steve can play in either full back position, so it may be that Sam will try to raid Liverpool for an experienced defender.Â Sir Bobby Robson was interested in bringing Finnan to Newcastle, when Steve played for Fulham in 2002.
Riise of course has massive experience in both the Premier League and Europe, and has played 221 times for Liverpool scoring 21 goals. He has also played 68 games for his country, Norway, scoring 7 goals. Riise can also play on the left wing of course, and has a tremendous left foot.
What do you think? If Liverpool will sell Riise, would he be a good buy for Newcastle?
Let us know – comments welcome.