Liverpool are weighing up whether to take back a Finnish super striker after he rejected a three year contract with them six months ago. Joel Pohjanpalo had a trial at Anfield in March but decided that he’d prefer to continue plying his trade in the Finnish top flight with HJC Helsinki.
However, like a toddler wanting his toy back after he’s thrown it out of the pram, Pohnjanpalo has been telling Finnish TV that it is his dream to join Liverpool.
Reports suggested that he wasn’t keen on the Reds in March as they couldn’t guarantee him competitive football, but presumably after seeing their goal-shy strikers in action, it appears he has had a change of heart.
The 18-year-old has a pretty darn impressive goalscoring record in Finland with 19 goals in 34 matches but that’s like saying Shane Warne had a pretty good record in his local park. It’s not exactly a challenge.
If Liverpool are looking to build to the future, Pohnjanpalo would be a decent purchase as he looks strong, powerful and with an eye for goal, but would need some time in the lower leagues or abroad. Odds are though that FSG are getting a case of itchy feet at Anfield, so a proven striker may be a better solution to their net bulging woes, even if it does mean stretching the budget a touch.