Liverpool’s transfer shortcomings have been well documented in the early stages of this season, so it’s no doubt that Brendan Rodgers is already looking forward to the window reopening in January. According to the Daily Mail, it is Demba Ba who is set firmly in his sights.
With reports illustrating that Ba’s £7m release clause is operational in January, rumours have returned linking the Senegalese striker with a move away from St James Park. That being said, here are three reasons why Rodgers has to pursue Ba this winter.
- Liverpool desperately need goals from new sources – The Reds have been exceptionally slow off the mark this season, currently sitting in 14th place in the Barclays Premier League. One reason behind their slow start? Goals. Despite the Reds putting five past Norwich a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool have struggled to convert chances once again this season.
Furthermore, when the goals do come its always from the same old faces. The Reds certainly don’t struggle creating chances but they crave a natural finisher. Ba would provide them with such a converter, easing the pressure on the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez and ultimately opening up the field of play for the Reds.
£7m is a bargain – In any other context that would be an extremely funny thing to say. However, in modern football it is true for a player of Ba’s calibre. The Newcastle number 9 has demonstrated he can score goals on Tyneside, netting 22 times in 41 appearances. Such ability along with Premier League experience means he is surely worth at least £7m if not more arguably.
- Should Carroll return, Liverpool would also have perhaps one of the most physical attacking lines in the league – just to add on a side note. Back on point, Liverpool should take advantage of the release clause whilst they can – there’s no doubt in my mind Newcastle will want to wrap their man up irrespective of his age
- Rodgers needs to ease pressure on youngster – I think it is brilliant that Suso, Sterling, Assaidi and others have been heavily involved in the Liverpool side this season. However what is crucial is that Rodgers doesn’t overuse his youngster. True they have proved their Premier League capability however that doesn’t mean they should be taking to the field week in week out.
- Each player still has creases in the their game that need to be ironed out and also have a lot to learn about being a Premier League professional. Removing some of the goal pressure off such young players will allow them to flourish
Rodgers needs to try his best to sign Ba this January it’s that simple. Not often does a player of such pedigree become available for such a low price. Even if Liverpool hadn’t struggled with their strikers this season (Fabio Borini has been barely noticeable) I still think this would be a good buy. With their woes up front however it becomes more of a necessity than a commodity.