Transfer rumours have been free flowing around Merseyside since the close of the transfer window. This week, Liverpool are being linked with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Sidney Sam, according to the Italian website Tutto Mercato.
Liverpool are in desperate need of a consistent goal threat and will look to address their issues up front when the transfer window reopens in January. Sam himself is not an out and out striker but a winger willing to get the by line and create chances for his side.
At 24 years old, Sam has yet to represent the German national side at senior level yet has been a success at youth level. Furthermore with Leverkusen’s current manager being the one and only Sami Hyppia, Liverpool may be able to snag the midfielder for a reasonable fee. Yet should the Reds really make a bid for him?
In my mind, making a bid for Sidney Sam would be a waste of time for the Reds. Liverpool do desperately need to resolve their problems in front of goal, yet surely the solution would be to sign an out and out striker. Brendan Rodgers’ side only have 2 points from their first five games and have only score 4 goals in the process. Furthermore, with Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez scoring the only goals from open play, whilst Suarez and Skrtel have also netted from set pieces, Liverpool are already relying on the same old players.
In addition, Brendan Rodgers’ appears to have depth (a rarity in the Liverpool squad these days) on the wing this season. Raheem Sterling has been a phenomenon so far this season, torturing defenders week on week. Oussama Assaidi also impressed on his first performance for the Reds in last week’s victory in the Europa League, whilst Suso has looked confident at the heart of the midfielder or pushing out wide when he has come off the bench.
With Johnson, Kelly, Downing and Kelly all capable of creating chances from the flanks, Liverpool are certainly not short of talent on the wings. What they need is an out and out goal threat – Luis Suarez is not a natural poacher whilst Fabio Borini has struggled since arriving at Anfield. No offence to Sam but he is simply not what Liverpool need at the moment.
Transfer rumours will come and go on Merseyside in the next few weeks and we will be none the wiser as to what is happening behind the closed doors at Anfield. All we can do is hope that they do the right thing.
For Liverpool that is, without doubt, to find someone who can get them goals.