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Liverpool – Which Striker needs to come in?

It’s clear for everyone to see that Liverpool needs a prolific goalscorer. Being a Liverpool fan myself, I find it quite amazing that we were unable to secure one over the summer transfer window. Some fans may point the finger towards £10m man Fabio Borini as the answer for our goal scoring problems, but with a lack of Premier League experience and without a goal in the first 7 league games of the season, its becoming increasingly likely that Liverpool will be in the window for a top striker come January. The question is, who will be the man?

Many reports over the past few weeks have been linking the club with a range of players, from Fernando Llorente to Theo Walcott. I, along with many fans would love to see the club splash the cash on a player such as Llorente’s calibre in January but it would be an unrealistic target for a number of reasons. Firstly, with clubs such as Man City, Arsenal and Juventus all previously being linked with the Spanish star it would be a hard task for Liverpool to fend off competition in convincing the 6’5″ striker to Merseyside. Along with this, the new system and style Brendan Rodgers is looking to implement into the club would seem less suited for a player of Llorente’s stature, whilst it would seem foolish if the club were to splash huge amounts on a player that was not too dissimilar to that of the departed Andy Carroll. He may be tall, strong, good in the air and be considered the ‘complete package’ by some but its not the route The Reds are likely to go down anytime soon.

Lesser known talents such as Son Heung-Min have also been linked with the club over the past week. Son, 20, who plays for Hamburg is a versatile striker who can also play out on the wing, similar to Luis Suarez’s style. If the club were to press ahead with an offer for the player come January, he might bring a surprise factor to the club and turn out to be a revelation like Pappiss Cisse has been at Newcastle when they secured his signature for £10m from SC Freiburg in January. However, with a less than impressive goal scoring record in the Bundesliga, it would seem Son wouldn’t be the striker we have been crying out for since the departure of the once prolific Fernando Torres.

That brings me onto Theo Walcott. It would seem he is the most realistic target for the club, young, pacey and versatile  Walcott suits the system and style down to a tee. Put with the fact that he has yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal, that expires in the summer (2013) and it would seem Liverpool should put all their efforts towards persuading Theo to Merseyside in a possible cut price deal. It was widely covered over the summer that the Arsenal man was considering his options, with Liverpool being heavily linked with a bid towards the end of the window that eventually failed to materialise.

Theo Walcott has been crying out to play a more central role, with that chance not coming with Arsenal thus far and seemingly unlikely to during his time there with the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, it would seem January would be the ideal time for both parties to attempt a move. A major advantage for Liverpool if they made Walcott their top target is that he is a keen Liverpool supporter, with the player letting it be known in previous interviews when he spoke about his and his fathers delight at the clubs triumph at Istanbul in 2005. Although some fans both neutral and of the club may think Walcott isn’t the answer to our needs, it would be the most realistic option available option for the club to try pull off.

While i’m sure we’ll hear a wide range of new players being linked with the club from now to January, some being realistic and most being unrealistic targets, it will make for an interesting January transfer window for the club as they will look to bring in the clinical goalscorer that will hopefully help push them towards challenging for Champions League places once again.

Now that you’ve heard who I think would be the most realistic target for the club, i’ll ask you the same question. Who would you like to see join the club in January and why?

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