9 players who Liverpool could realistically sign in the January transfer window

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Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla)

Anyone who hasn’t watched N’Zonzi play since his Stoke days may be surprised to see his name on this list, but the Frenchman has proved himself to be an excellent midfield all-rounder in the last 18 months at Sevilla.

Largely used in a limited holding role in the Premier League, the ex-Blackburn man has been freed up in Spain, using his rangy frame to carry the ball forward and create chances for team-mates.

The 29-year-old looks certain to depart the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in the near future, too; having fallen out with previous manager Eduardo Berizzo, N’Zonzi’s heart appears set on a move despite the recent appointment of Vincenzo Montella.

Alex Sandro (Juventus)

Chelsea were heavily linked with Alex Sandro back in the summer, but Antonio Conte wasn’t able to get a deal over the line. The Brazil international hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons so far, but class is permanent and he possesses all the attributes managers look for in a modern-day full-back.

Alberto Moreno had shown signs of improvement before getting injured in December, and Andrew Robertson was signed before the start of the season to add additional cover at left-back. It’s still one of the weak spots in this Liverpool side, though, so a bid for the unsettled Alex Sandro should be a no-brainer.

Luan (Gremio)

The key man in Gremio’s Copa Libertadores success last term, Luan looks set to move to Europe either this month or in the summer. A late bloomer who didn’t make his professional debut until the age of 21, the Brazilian – now 24 – was voted Player of the Tournament in South America’s equivalent of the Champions League after scoring eight goals on the path to continental glory.

An intelligent attacker who’s an expert at finding pockets of space between the lines, Luan can play anywhere across the forward line – although his preference is for a central berth.