Three strikers Liverpool could sign before January transfer deadline
Liverpool desperately need a goal-scorer to salvage their season. Here are three options Jurgen Klopp could look at...
The Irish option: Shane Long
The Republic of Ireland international split a number of former Liverpool players this week after the Reds reportedly made an approach for the Southampton striker. Dietmar Hamann endorsed the potential signing on Twitter, stating that Long would be the type of forward capable of performing under Jurgen Klopp’s pressing demands. The German’s former midfielder partner, Danny Murphy, wasn’t enamoured with talk of a potential swoop for the Irishman, questioning whether Long was an upgrade on the strikers currently available to Klopp. The former Reading and West Brom striker is relentlessly energetic, a hard worker and wouldn’t need a period of adjustment coming from another Premier League club. However, Long doesn’t have a prolific top-flight record, scoring 39 goals in 191 Premier League games. At 28, the potential transfer fee could be the big stumbling block to a move, with Southampton seemingly unwilling to sell Long despite signing Charlie Austin in a £4m deal on Saturday.
The loan option: Loic Remy
Loic Remy warmed the bench throughout much of Chelsea’s malaise earlier this season despite Diego Costa’s erratic performances. The irony is that Liverpool were on the brink of signing the France international in 2014 before the Reds pulled out of the deal due to a mysterious injury. Remy headed to Chelsea but the striker has never been given the chance to rediscover the form which the striker enjoyed at Queens Park Rangers. When fit and with a run of games under his belt, Remy is a clinical goal-scorer. He scored six goals in 14 games for QPR in 2012-13 before the France forward netted 14 times in 26 games during a loan spell at Newcastle. Remy is just 11 goals shy of Long’s Premier League tally after a mere 68 games.
The wildcard: Emmanuel Adebayor
Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has become a Premier League journeyman in the latter years of his career. The 31-year-old is without a club after being released by Tottenham Hotspur in September after falling out-of-favour under Mauricio Pochettino. Now, many Liverpool supporters may baulk at the idea of signing another player who has a questionable reputation. The scars of Mario Balotelli’s doomed move to Anfield haven’t quite healed and Liverpool already have a number of big earners on their books, notably Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge. The Belgian doesn’t appear to be in favour under Klopp, whilst Sturridge’s injury nightmare looks to be never-ending. Jermaine Jenas submitted his reference for Adebayor’s curriculum vitae via Yahoo Sports on Tuesday, insisting the striker has an unfair reputation: “Ade is the kind of player who needs his ego to be fed, and any manager who has done that has been rewarded with top performances.” If Jenas is right in his assessment of Adebayor, surely personable Klopp could get the striker on side. A six-month deal on a free transfer could prove of value to both parties. There is no doubting his goal pedigree either. Adebayor has scored 96 goals in 230 Premier League games, with the former Spurs man just behind Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who is the top-scoring African in Premier League history after netting 104 times in 254 games for the Blues.