Liverpool Transfer News: Adding Jonathan Dos Santos Would Be Wise Move for Club

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JULY 30:  Jonathan dos Santos #18 of Barcelona and Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United go after the ball during the first half of a friendly match at FedExField on July 30, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  Manchester United won 2-1.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After another year to forget, Liverpool is looking to make some upgrades before next season.

According to Jamie Sanderson of Metro, Jonathan Dos Santos is a candidate to come to Anfield after spending the past few seasons with Barcelona:

The Mexico international has only made 10 first-team appearances to date, and has been demoted to life in the B team despite a run of excellent performances.

And speaking amid growing speculation linking him with a switch to Liverpool, Dos Santos says he would consider moving on if he is not promised regular match action next term.

Fans will probably be cautious about adding a player who rarely sees the pitch on his current club, but it is incredibly tough for anyone to crack the lineup at Barca. Last year, the squad had five players named to FIFA's World XI team, representing the best players in the sport.

Virtually any player in the world would struggle to see playing time with players like Andres Iniesta and Xavi in the way. 

However, Dos Santos still has a good amount of talent and would be a solid addition for a squad like Liverpool.

The midfielder is a defensive specialist who excelled on the successful Barcelona B squad for the past two years. When he was called up to the first team, he performed well and received great experience playing with elite teammates.

Unlike his brother Giovani, he does not contribute much in the way of scoring. However, he usually makes smart plays on the offensive end and does what is necessary to help his squad win.

After 34 matches in the English Premier League season, Liverpool ranks fourth in scoring with 61 goals. With the club stating that it will not sell Luis Suarez (via Mike Whalley of ESPN), it is obvious that offense is not the problem. 

Instead, the club needs to add talented players who will slow down opposing attacks. Dos Santos has that ability and will be able to improve the midfield and the defense right away.

Additionally, the fact that the 22-year-old player saw little action this past year and is far from a star means that the price tag should be relatively cheap. This will allow the organization to make more acquisitions where necessary.

In this case, Liverpool could also find more of an attacking midfielder to get the ball up to Suarez and Daniel Sturridge near the net.

Sitting in seventh place in the EPL is not where this historic club wants to be. There is some young talent on the roster, but the squad needs to make moves to get players who will be able to win more matches.

Dos Santos would provide an upgrade in the middle of the pitch and he still has plenty of room to grow as a player. Within a few years, he could be a star in England.

While this move will not instantly bring Liverpool back to the top of the league table, this acquisition would be a step in the right direction. At this point, that is as much as you can ask for from the club.