SCHALKE 04 forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been strongly linked with a potential January move to Liverpool in the past few days as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his attacking options with the Reds crying out for more goalscoring threats other than the red-hot Luis Suarez.
To further support the claim that Liverpool are in desperate need for a new striker only Steven Gerrard (twice), Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel and Nuri Sahin have managed to score for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, with our Uruguayan number seven scoring seven so far.
There is no doubt that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is an out-and-out goalscoring machine. His record of 254 goals in 389 career games, including 48 last season in the Bundesliga, speaks for itself. Huntelaar is, on the surface, exactly what is needed at Liverpool Football Club.
However, cast your mind back just over two months ago – Transfer Deadline Day. The Reds were desperate for a striker after allowing Andy Carroll to depart on loan to West Ham leaving Brendan Rodgers with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as the only recognised forwards at his disposal. After being quickly rebuffed by Arsenal in an attempt to prise Theo Walcott from their grasp and being turned away by Daniel Sturridge himself after only offering the Chelsea striker a season-long loan deal, Liverpool’s top men placed all their eggs in a Clint Dempsey-shaped basket.
Regardless of the desire of Rodgers to bring in the American, Liverpool’s top negotiator Ian Ayre had his hands tied behind his back from the very start as John Henry and his fellow FSG members were unwilling to part with anything more than a paltry amount of money to sign somebody they considered to be entering the final years of his career; representing no re-sale value whatsoever.
Huntelaar, just like Dempsey, has a short time remaining on his current contract so would be available at a snippet of what his true value may be. Finally, in the case of Dempsey, more than one club are bound to be interested in such a prolific player. Clubs where their owners are not so passionate about bringing in younger, preferably British players like FSG so publically are.
For me, the situation is simple, Liverpool will have a list of targets heading into the January transfer window and I am in no doubt that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be on it. However, the fans excitement may need to be toned down ever so slightly.
Once negotiations are underway it will take no time at all to come to the understanding that our owners are not willing to part with enough money to secure the signing of the Dutch international before another club comes along and gives Schalke exactly what they are looking for.
It has happened to Liverpool FC so many times in the past, I don’t see why things would change now. I, like many others, allow myself to get hugely excited by transfer rumours and the thought of Huntelaar in a Liverpool shirt pleases me no end. Nevertheless, I strongly believe we are more likely to see Theo Walcott or Daniel Sturridge parading around Melwood with their new number nine shirt before January 31st as they fit the bill when it comes to the strategy of our stubborn owners.