Buying young Messi could see title odds tumble at Anfield

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Liverpool may prove a massive price to win the Premier League this season at 66/1 if they manage to seal the signatures of Lille duo Eden Hazard and Gervinho in the January transfer window and remain in title contention until this point.

Reports have been varied as to the amount boss Roy Hodgson will have to spend in the new year, with owner John W Henry stating that it would be the summer before any serious dealings would occur.

However, director of football strategy Damien Comolli has indicated that money will be available to bring in world class players if they can be purchased for an acceptable price.

The recent trips of Hodgson lead to the possibility that the latter opinion is true as the former Fulham manager was recently in France to watch Lille beat Monaco, in which game both targets starred.

Gervinho could prove a valuable asset to attack from the wide positions, with his general pace and ability to dribble at speed likely to pose a serious attacking threat.

Meanwhile, Hazard has many of the attributes that have carried Lionel Messi to superstardom, including the ability to be nimble in small spaces, both score and create goals and retain the ball when seemingly blocked by two or three members of the opposition.

Both could provide valuable goals from midfield as Liverpool overly rely on Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt for virtually all of their goals at present.

Liverpool have won four of their last six league games and this form has enabled them to move onto the outskirts of the Premier League title race, nine points adrift of current joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester United.

They face a tricky game away to Tottenham next and are 11/5 to end a run of three successive defeats at White Hart Lane. See the full Tottenham vs Liverpool football betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

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