It’s obvious that January couldn’t come closer for Brendan Rodger’s, as another draw against Newcastle only reiterates what everyone knows to be true.
Praise for Suarez aside, Liverpool’s forward line needs a fuel injection, with the next window being nearest pit-stop. Rodgers acknowledged that he will be looking to add up to three forward players throughout the course of the window. Out of the players mentioned in the press, what players can Liverpool realistically expect to pick-up.
I think it’s only right to start from the basis that Liverpool won’t be silly buying in this window. Sorry Liverpool fans, but I think the term is once bitten, twice shy. Liverpool owner John W. Henry seems to have implemented a firm transfer policy after being burnt by signing such as Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll and Henderson. So I think you can realistically be looking at players that are entering into the last section of their contracts, with plenty being available.
I think the first signing Rodger will be looking to tide down will be the signing of a prolific goal scorer. Now I’m unsure exactly who it will be, but out of the strikers mentioned I think it will be either Celtic Marksman Gary Hooper or Fernando Lorente from Althetic Bilbao. Either would be a good addition to the Anfield outfit, with both strikers recent goal conversion rate scoring in the high twenties.
Of the two, Hooper would be the cheaper option. However seen as though he plays his trade in the SPL, Fernando Lorente may seem a more attractive option. I have seen some of Hooper’s goals and built up play though and I have to say that he does have all the attributes to make it in the Premier league, so i’m undecided in which would be a better buy.
Next on Rodgers agenda will be someone to play in on the outside of the main striker, as I believe Downing will be leaving and Borini will be used sparely as he gets upto speed with the English game. Although Rodgers said that Walcott “is an Arsenal player”, I still believe that he may still go in for him. After the scandal that happened last time he made a public interest his transfer pursuits it came back to bite him , so I believe Rodgers has learnt from his mistake and preferred to be more coy on the subject matter. I could see Rodgers going in for him just so long as he doesn’t brake the bank for him.
If he got rid of Cole and replaced him with Walcott I would regard that as a good piece of business for Liverpool going forward. Signing Walcott would also take pressure of Sterling as he looks to work his trade at Anfield.
The last target I think Rodgers will be looking to grab hold of will be Ba. After getting rid of Andy Caroll in the summer, Liverpool have been absent of a plan B, which I think Ba would almost certainly give. Don’t forget at precious “Swansea” Rodgers had a big man, so I don’t see any reason why Rodgers couldn’t work another into his squad. With a better touch, pace and all-round game than Caroll, Ba would represent real value for money at the 7.5 million suggest in his release cause.