Liverpool supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team’s 18-match unbeaten run come to an end courtesy of a 1-0 defeat away at Premier League strugglers Swansea City on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the division’s bottom team off the back of beating runaway leaders Manchester City the week before, and having not tasted defeat since a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Tottenham back in October. However, the Merseyside giants were poor and deservedly beaten by the Swans on Monday night thanks to Alfie Mawson’s effort just before half time, in turn putting a slight dent into Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four come May.
Consequently, there have been many frustrated Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few days, with several hoping that their side can bounce back immediately by beating West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Baggies forward Salomon Rondon.
However, if the Merseysiders are indeed in the market for a targetman, they should forget about a move for the 28-year-old, and instead go all out to land Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud before next week’s deadline.
Ultimately, while Rondon is struggling for goals at the Hawthorns, Giroud’s goal record at the Emirates Stadium is actually hugely impressive, despite the vast amounts of criticism the France international has received during his five-and-a-half year stay in North London.
The 31-year-old has bagged 105 goals in just 252 appearances for the Gunners, and given that many of those appearances have come off the bench, the Frenchman thus averages a goal every 153 minutes in an Arsenal shirt.
That is a very solid record for a striker deemed by many to not have the capabilities to take Arsene Wenger’s side to the next level, but how often has Giroud come off the bench and won Arsenal matches and points in the past few years?
Even this season, the Frenchman has helped clinch points as a substitute, be it by netting in the 4-3 win over Leicester City on the opening day, or the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Southampton back in November.
Clearly, he gives Arsenal something completely different when on the pitch. He’s someone to aim at for more direct passing as well as set plays, and he is the sort of player who can come on and get the better of tiring defences – he is also technically very sound as well.
And that is exactly what Liverpool may need in the second half of the season.
When they are at their free-flowing, attacking best, the Reds can beat any side in the division, as proved against City a few weeks back. But when they are not quite on it and are struggling for ideas, they can lose to any side as well.
Throwing Giroud on upfront in the final 20 minutes against Swansea would have given the Swans backline something completely different to think about, as well as providing the Reds with a focal point in the final third – he probably would have buried Roberto Firmino’s late miss.
So well Rondon could well turn out to be shrewd addition at Anfield, Giroud’s superior goal-record and track record for making a difference must convince Klopp to go all out to land the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this month.
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