The end of the January transfer window is quickly approaching, and as expected, Kenny Dalglish hasn’t splashed the cash or even shown any signs that he will add much to the squad before the end of the month. As a matter of fact, Dalglish has stated on more than one occasion now that he is very satisfied with the current squad and that this month will be a quiet window for the Reds.
I fully understand the logic in not going too crazy during the January window. For one, I can’t imagine too many clubs being willing to sell their top players halfway through their season, which means that during January, clubs are usually left to pick from the best of the rest. However, not every top player will cost you £20 million plus and if a club spends wisely, they could land themselves a quality player for a bargain price. One example of this is Craig Bellamy, who in my eyes has been one of the stars of the season for Liverpool, and bearing in mind how little he cost, you would struggle to find another recent signing who could be regarded as a better bargain than the Welshman.
Liverpool’s troubles hitting the back of the net this season have been well documented and with the season more than half done now it has come to a point where the problem urgently needs to be addressed. Dalglish has backed his squad on many occasions and I fully agree with the view that Liverpool’s team is incredibly strong and deserve to be much farther up the table than they currently are.
Liverpool have impressed me at times this season, regularly dominating games against most of the strongest teams in the league. The only thing the team has been missing is a clinical finisher or two. Suarez is amazing but isn’t the deadliest striker around, Carroll is still struggling to kick start his Anfield career, Kuyt’s confidence in front of goal is alarmingly low while Bellamy is actually a pretty reliable goal scorer but can’t play every game due to his age and fitness history.
With less than half of the January transfer window remaining, I’m hoping that Dalglish doesn’t bypass the opportunity to give the squad a much needed upgrade in the forward department. The strikers being linked with Liverpool certainly aren’t among the best in the world but I believe that the creativity in the squad this season has been so good that most decent strikers could potentially get goals galore for us.
The squad that Dalglish has assembled is so good that I would even say that all the team needs now is a reliable clinical striker playing up front and the reds will be ready to rip most teams apart. The striker Liverpool sign doesn’t have to be the best all round forward in the world. For moments of creativity and awesome technical ability we already have Suarez, and with the addition of a decent striker with good composure and consistent finishing, Liverpool could have themselves a seriously deadly duo leading the line.
Dalglish no doubt realises that something needs to be shaken up in Liverpool’s strike force, and with some intelligent scouting done, I believe we could see a talented forward come in and compliment what is already in the squad. Time will tell if any new recruits are brought in to help improve Liverpool’s woeful goal scoring stats this season. One thing I will say is that although I understand how important it is to not spend for the sake of it during January, it must also be taken into account that our strike force urgently needs some upgrading as soon as possible if the club want to get back into the promised land of Champions League football.
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