Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Landing Willian Would Finalize Ideal Summer for Reds

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

KASPIYSK, RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Willian of FC Anzhi Makhachkala acknowledges fans before the start of the Russian Premier League match between FC Anzhi Makhachkala and FC Alania Vladikavkaz at the Anzhi Arena Stadium on April 07, 2013 in Kaspiysk, Russia.  (Photo by Sergey Rasulov Jr/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Liverpool needed to do three things to ensure maximize its potential this summer: Retain Luis Suarez, add a player to the back line and bolster the attack with at least one young talent so Suarez doesn't always have to carry the Reds' attack. 

If manager Brendan Rodgers can close on 25-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian, he will have hit the summer trifecta that he desperately needed. With Suarez's highly-publicized apology to his teammates for his actions this summer it appears that his transfer saga has finally come to an end for now.

Rodgers took care of the need for a back when he reportedly loaned in Aly Cissokho (h/t The Guardian) from Valencia. Now Willian remains the final piece of the puzzle.

According to SkySports, Liverpool are the favorites to land the Brazilian international. His estimated value figures to be around £30 million. 

However, Liverpool aren't in the clear just yet. According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested in the winger's services. With the transfer window coming to a close every club is looking to make the signing that can take them to the next level. 

Looking at what Willian has done throughout his career, the production isn't overwhelming, but he has all the potential to enjoy a breakout campaign if placed in the right situation. 

After all, he scored the vast majority of his goals with Shakhtar Donetsk where he helped them win a UEFA Cup and got experience playing with a Ukranian power. Playing alongside a player that commands as much attention from defenses as Suarez, we should expect to see Willian's production increase as he hits his prime.  

The move would also serve to make Suarez happy with his long-term future at Anfield. Not only would the signing prove that Liverpool is capable of snagging some coveted transfer targets from the likes of United and Tottenham, but he would also get a talented winger to help ease the pressure he faces in carrying the Reds' attack.

With the clock running down on clubs trying to make moves, the Reds would emerge as one of the bigger Premier League winners this summer with just one more positive step in the right direction.