Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Andriy Yarmolenko Is Wrong Man for Reds to Target

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 10, 2014

Andriy Yarmolenko is a full international for Ukraine.
Andriy Yarmolenko is a full international for Ukraine.Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Liverpool may turn their attention to Andriy Yarmolenko after becoming frustrated in their pursuit of Mohamed Salah.

However, the 24-year-old Dynamo Kiev wingerwho Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports is rated at £15 million—is not the only Ukraine international that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers should consider when he looks at potential January transfer window signings.

Liverpool are continuing negotiations over Basle's Mohamed Salah but are weighing up alternatives as the Swiss drive up the price.

Salah has been grabbing headlines with Swiss side Basle for the past 12 months and his performances in the Champions League against Chelsea, in particular, this season have made him one of the hottest properties of the January window.

Yevhen Konoplyanka of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is another option for Liverpool and could prove to be a better one.

Konoplyanka has been linked with the Premier League before. In November, Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star reported that Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham were interested in his services.

The report also claimed that Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen were keeping tabs on the player, highlighting the high regard he is held in by some of Europe's elite sides.

He has an impressive haul of eight goals in 35 appearances for the Ukraine national side, but he has yet to break double figures in a season at club level.

However, the versatility he offers on the pitchcomfortable playing on the left, right or through the centrewould definitely increase Rodgers' options and give him the luxury of being able to change his team around slightly more during a game.

If you are worried about Konoplyanka's chances of acclimatising to the Premier League, fear not. He is a black belt in karate, giving defenders two reasons to fear his arrival.

Current options in the Liverpool squad include Raheem Sterling, who is relatively inexperienced. Though he has been linked with a loan move, Alex Richards of the Mirror reports that he's likely to stay. 

Another is Iago Aspas, a summer signing from Celta who has yet to make a major impact at the club. He has been linked with a move to Swansea by Phil Cadden in the Mirror.

Victor Moses is on loan from Chelsea, but the chance for Rodgers to add a big name to his stable of wingers who could become regular starters is a priority.

Samuel Stevens in the Independent suggests that a possible move for Cristian Tello of Barcelona doesn't look likely to happen, and with a move for Salah appearing to stall, Liverpool could do far worse than look in the direction of Konoplyanka for a solution.