Liverpool’s poor start to the season has been marred by a distinct lack of goals. With striking options low on the ground some reports have linked the Reds with Celtic striker Gary Hooper. Here at the Football Transfer Tavern we have come up with three reasons why Brendan Rodgers should not make a move for the 24-year-old.
- His lack of Premier League experience
Despite having a solid record in the Scottish Premier League and the Championship, Hooper has yet to prove himself in the Premier League as a player who is able to deliver goals on demand. Whilst his exploits in the Champions League this season suggest that he is on his way to making the case that he is good enough to play for a top four Premier League side, he still lacks the experience that Liverpool will be looking for.
Saying that, Hooper’s natural poaching ability would currently make him a good edition to the Liverpool squad, but his overall talent may not quite match the ambition that Liverpool expects to achieve in the next few seasons.
- It would be difficult to see him fitting into Rodgers’ way of playing
With the Liverpool boss seemingly intent on playing a 4-3-3 system, Hooper seems very unlikely to dislodge Luis Suarez at the spearhead of Liverpool’s attacking line. Hooper would struggle to operate as a wide-winger and with Rodgers unlikely to alter his formation to accommodate Hooper then it makes any move for the 24-year-old seem even more unlikely.
- The kids should be given a chance
After a strong performance against West Brom in the League Cup, Rodgers may be inclined to give some of the younger players in his squad the opportunity to prove themselves in the first team.
Both Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi are two promising resources that Rodgers could call upon to help bolster his attacking options and both could be seen to be a better long term investment than Hooper.
Additionally, should Yesil or Assaidi prove to be the answer to Liverpool’s goalscoring woes then Rodgers will be able to invest the money that he saved on Hooper into improving other areas of the squad.