FROM new back-room staff, managers and players, Liverpool are in the midst of a major rebuilding phase this summer. FSG have decided it is time to be out with the old and in with the new as a large amount of the backroom staff as well as Kenny Dalglish were all relieved of their jobs in the last few weeks. Principle owners John W. Henry and Tom Werner have now appointed Brendan Rodgers as the new Liverpool manager and with it the process of making wholesale personnel changes in the squad is not expected to start.
Now that Liverpool’s 2011-2012 season is behind us, we can look forward to the exciting mess that is the summer transfer window. Liverpool is a club that desperately needs several signings to pick them up from an eighth-place finish. Last season has pretty much been a dry one for the Reds in front of the goal, scoring only 47 goals in 38 matches in the league and they need players to get the goals on consistent basis.
I could have listed the likes of Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Robert Lewandowski, but in all fairness chances of getting them are just as bleak as the rumour that Guardiola could join Liverpool as the new manager.
After taking in consideration various aspects like their availability, their age, the market price and most importantly the fact that would they come to Liverpool, I have compiled a list of 5 strikers who could just set the Reds back on track in the next season. They may not be the best in the world but they do surely know how to get their job done.
1. LUUK DE JONG (FC TWENTE) - Luuk De Jong has been linked with a move to Liverpool for a while now. Luuk has good top-end speed and is quick out of the blocks despite the fact that he’s 6’2″. His tall structure makes him a constant threat in the air and can take a ball in on the ground, in the air or straight over the top. He is not confined to using just one foot, he can use both with equal ease and precision, which makes him far more effective inside the opposition penalty box. He has been valued by his club at €15 million. This 22 year old has scored 30 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for FC Twente this season and he would be a bargain buy for the club at this rate. Not only he fits the Liverpool transfer policy but he would provide the much needed firepower and versatility upfront and could be the perfect partner for Luis Suarez.
2. BAS DOST (HEERENVEEN FC) – Netherlands U-21 star Bas Dost has been a revelation for his club Heerenveen for past two seasons. Ever since coming to Heerenveen in 2010 he has matured in his overall skill set and so far he has scored 45 goals in 66 appearances for the club. He finished as Eredivisie topscorer in 2011/12 season with 32 league goals in 34 matches. The 6ft 4 inches tall striker is not the fastest striker but he surely gives the opposition defense plenty of problems with his aerial ability and his great control and dribbling ability. Trnsfermrkt.co.uk has him valued at about €8 million, which would be a bargain for this towering striker; he is 22 years old and fits the Liverpool transfer policy of buying young player.
4. OLA TOIVONEN (PSV EINDHOVEN) – Perhaps one of the most underrated footballer in Europe would be this man, Ola Toivonen. This 6 feet 3 inches PSV Eindhoven striker has so far played 76 games in the Eridivise and has scored 46 times. He is strong in the air and has great physical strength which makes it hard for the defenders to stop him in his stride. His hard work and great scoring records has made him one of the favorites among the PSV supporters and he is now regarded as an asset to the club. Transfermrkt.co.uk has him valued at €7-8, for which in my opinion this 25 year old striker would be a great addition to the squad, as he can adapt himself to playing on the wings, as an attacking midfielder and as a striker.
5. RICKY VAN WOLFSWINKEL (SPORTING LISBON) – Ever since joining Sporting CP from FC Utrecht Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has improved immensely. He has matured as a player in Portugal. Only one season old at Portugal this 23-year-old fired 25 goals in all competitions, taking sporting all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa league. This 6ft 1 inches striker is quick on the ball, has a great control and is a constant aerial threat. Though he has signed a five year contract in 2011 with Sporting, his impressive season has prompted the Lisbon Club to include a bigger buyout clause in his contract; however Van Wolfswinkel’s agent Louis Laros said the talks have not progressed. He himself have said that he would love to move to England should a big club with a good offer comes his way. Transfermrkt.co.uk has him values at £8 million, which I think has been depressed due to the league he plays in, however an offer of around £12-14 million should be enough to lure this talented Dutch to Anfield.
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