With Liverpool reeling from the 8 match ban handed out to Luis Suarez in the wake “Evra-gate” affair not to mention the slump in form experienced by Andy Carroll since his move to the North West, it now seems likely that Kenny Dalglish will delve in the January transfer market to strengthen his forward line.
SportsNewsIreland takes a look at six strikers Dalglish could be tempted to move for.
Doesn’t look to be enjoying his football in the blue of Chelsea and is not longer guaranteed a starting place. A paltry return of just two goals this season, incidentally the same as the Andy Carroll, the reason why the Spaniard is being linked with a Stamford Bridge departure just 12 months after his £50 million pound move. The former Athletico striker thrived at Anfield when he first arrived and with the loving arm of Kenny Dalglish around his heavy shoulders could thrive once more. However it is unlikely Chelsea would sell to a rival and with Didier Drogba off to the African Nations cup there is still time for the 27 year old to prove his worth.
Value 20-30 million
Another Spaniard, Valencia born Soldado came through the Real Madrid youth set up before making his name in the white of home city. The 26 year old has scored 11 goals in 16 La Liga games this season to shoot to prominence Europe wide and with David Villa out with a broken and the aforementioned Torres out of form has a real chance of being a shining light for Spain in the European Championships.
Value 15-20 million
The Wolves striker has been linked after some fine form in recent weeks and has scored 6 goals in his last 10 games for the Midlander’s. The exiled Scottish striker would be a cut price solution and would no doubt have to contend with a bit part role should he make the move to Anfield. At 24 year old he is young and looks to have good potential. His age and price would make him a good alternative with the potential for re-sale if things didn’t work out.
Value: 5-8 million
The Spurs striker is struggling to win a regular starting berth in Harry Redknapp’s line up with the canny manager preferring to pair Rafael van der Vaart with Emmanuel Adebayor up front. Despite this the diminutive striker has still scored 6 goals this season in 12 games, a ratio of .5 a game and with his pace and power he would fit in well with the Liverpool game. Like Torres, it is unlikely that Spurs would do a deal with a fellow rival unless some form of swap deal could be arranged.
Value: 10-12 million
Fuelled gossip about his future when he missed Aston Villa’s clash with Liverpool last weekend through injury, the former Sunderland striker ill advisedly using the time to do some Christmas shopping rather than watch his team mates. With 5 goals in 14 games, Bent has yet to reach the heights of the last two seasons but with the discontent growing in Villa Park he could be tempted to jump ship. However it would take a sum close to the 24 million shelled out last January to tempt Alex McLeish to do business and at that price Liverpool would be better off looking elsewhere.
Value: 20-25 million
The Argentine is a rumoured target for Chelsea after reportedly growing frustrated at having to share the available spotlight alongside Cristano Ronaldo with Karim Benzema. The 24 year old has scored 12 goals in 15 games this season to help Real to the top of the table in Spain and it would no doubt be a real statement of intent by the club’s owners if he was to make the move to Anfield. However it would cost more than the 35 million used to sign Andy Carroll last winter to bring the Argentine International to Merseyside.
Value 35-45 million