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Rodgers must master art of persuasion for these top targets

Date: 7th December 2012 at 5:30 pm
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WHEN you aren’t in the Champions League, signing Champions League quality players is difficult.

aside, Liverpool have failed to accomplish this feat since Rafa Benitez left the club and now this challenge is ’ responsibility.

Two players who currently play for Champions League clubs have been repeatedly linked with Liverpool and while neither is the finished article, both players have qualities that Liverpool are in desperate need of. They are of course, and , and right now they are probably the best options that Liverpool have in the forthcoming January transfer window. The potential addition of the pair of England forwards seems possible and is exciting, but can Brendan Rodgers get them to Anfield?

has had as many downs as ups at Arsenal over the past 6 years and frustratingly for the Gunners, remains a work in progress. Sturridge meanwhile, has found his opportunities to be limited during his entire time at Chelsea, barring a brief fruitful spell under Andre Villas-Boas. So should Liverpool really be looking to shell out upwards of £25m on the two England internationals? Undoubtedly, yes.

The main flaw in the current squad at Anfield is plainly obvious to even the casual football observer: Liverpool lack goals. There is no doubting that Walcott and Sturridge can offer a solution in this respect. Both have got decent returns for their clubs when given a run in their respective club sides and both offer a greater goal return than the likes of the inexperienced Suso and who have played in attacking roles for the Reds this season.

When you throw in the fact that both Walcott and Sturridge seem attainable targets for the Reds, neither will require a ‘settling in period’ to the Premier League, that they each are yet to enter their prime years as footballers and therefore both offer decent ‘sell on value’ unlike Stewart Downing or Andy Carroll, it seems fairly open and shut as to whether Liverpool should look to push the boat out for them. However, there is one main obstacle that stands in the way of Brendan Rodgers outside of potential wage demands and transfer fees: both players prefer to play in the position currently occupied by Luis Suarez.

Walcott and Sturridge have made no secret of their desire to play as central strikers for their London based sides and have grown frustrated at their lack of opportunities to lead the line for their teams. Without wanting to sound harsh, the notion of shifting Suarez out to a wider position to accommodate Sturridge or Walcott is simply not going to happen should they join the ranks at Anfield.


Suarez is the leading goalscorer in the Premier League right now and is playing the best football in his time in England. Why would Rodgers want to risk anything where the Uruguayan is concerned? He could play wide in a front three of course, but his manager’s recent comments indicate that he is more concerned with increasing his side’s goal output from other positions on the field, namely the wide forward berths. If Suarez ain’t broke, don’t switch him.

Assuming that Liverpool’s reported interest in the English pair is genuine (it certainly seems to be), then it would seem that Rodgers must find a way of convincing the two young forwards that they can both flourish at Anfield, even if they are not guaranteed to play centrally every game. Walcott and Sturridge can both occupy any of the three forward positions that Rodgers uses in his preferred 4-3-3 system and while neither player is world class (right now, at least), adding them to a group of forward players that already includes Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini, and Raheem Sterling would be an exciting proposition.

Flexibility would be at Rodgers disposal and the depth that that group would have on paper is extremely enticing. The manager would essentially have five international players who can all play centrally or wide to good effect, and even rotate during games. It would be a collection of forwards that, on paper, would outdo any that Liverpool have had since Gerard Houllier had Fowler, Heskey, Owen and Litmanen in his ranks.

If Rodgers is able to convince Sturridge and Walcott that they will be afforded to start games or rotate in games, in a central position often enough to satisfy them and make it clear that as wide forwards they would both be invaluable, then Liverpool could have two excellent additions this January, that would potentially add the much needed knock out power to the side in the form of goals. Sturridge scored a lot of goals from a wide right position under Villas-Boas and Walcott this season has netted ten times, mainly from a similar position for Arsenal. If they had been flanking Luis Suarez this season instead of players like Sterling, Enrique and Suso, Liverpool would probably be a lot higher up the table.

Front players these days have to be flexible and able to occupy various positions on the field (ask Luis Suarez who often plays in a wide position for his country despite his incredible talent and reputation as a central forward) and if Brendan Rodgers can persuade Walcott and Sturridge to embrace their versatility and snap them up this January then Liverpool’s lack of goals may be a thing of the past.

If Liverpool are serious about getting back into the Champions League as soon as possible then they must act this January. Two obvious and attainable targets are out there waiting to be snapped up. It is imperative that Liverpool strike immediately.


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39 thoughts on “Rodgers must master art of persuasion for these top targets

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  • wesker
    2 years ago

    That fool Rodgers should concentrate on persuading Sterling to sign , instead of pushing him away by insulting him

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    • CStars
      2 years ago

      He didn’t insult him Wesker. Look at the context. I think Rodgers is doing what he can but you’re right, Sterling is a higher priority than either of these two.

      He’s a more intelligent player and tracks back better than either Sturridge or Walcott.

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  • babyface
    2 years ago

    Rodgers is handling the whole Sterling affair disastrously , i dont think Sterling will sign with Rodgers in charge
    Come to think of it , what hasnt Rodgers handled disastrously since his appointment ?

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    • Ozred
      2 years ago

      Yea. He shOuld be shot for putting the trust into a 17 yo to play every week and provide him with the opportunity tO play consistently. Even though sterling has repaid the faith with 1 goal… Shocking Rogers…

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      • Bernie
        2 years ago

        Rodgers is a class A no mark , yes shoot him plz

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  • Praveen Soomaroo
    2 years ago

    Suarez the game he’s playing for Liverpool i never saw any Epl strikers doing that of penetrating inside the box dribbling defenders over defenders it’s becoming a bit more complicated and difficult for him to score goals even for Messi his task is to got at least one opponents infront of him as he had already done that even Rvp,Ba,Rooney scored like this Rodger have to bring players who can contribute in his game and so on

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  • SAM CHARLES
    2 years ago

    Enough is enough.

    For how much longer are we going to keep Joe Cole, Downing.

    I can handle these stupid loan deals of players for whihc we no are just average and are not going to make it! they can at the very most drag on until the summer.

    But we have to start selling – giving these crap players away and quick smart.

    Id like to see and the club needs the wages gone and of the books for these two players – COLE & DOWNING.

    Id sell WILSON in jan as well.

    Id even rid of DOWNING just in order to get rid of COLE, he is a problem for me, his wages are far to high, and he is sh*** and his kegs are gone, but no club is going to even pay him 50% of what he is on now!!! thats the problem, so i would make him a free and release him and then if we have to pay him of with some of the DOWNING money.

    Hit two birds with stone, all right it will mean we have lost much money on the downing sale, but again who in there right mind will pay over 8 mill for that crap player, no one!

    At the best we sell downing for 8.5 mill and use that to pay cole of with around 5 mill left over.

    Then the wage bill can then give that to better players that we are bringing in, it makes for good business in the long run.

    summer sell and get out-
    spearing, doni gk, carroll, sahin – give back to that fucking club in madrid – hate real madrid so bad

    7 out and then we needs in jan and in the summer a total of 5 new better quality players, no more shite coming in please?

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  • SAM CHARLES
    2 years ago

    OUT-

    DOWNING
    COLE
    DONI GK
    WILSON
    CARROLL
    SPEARING
    SAHIN – BACK TO REAL MADRID NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THAT ABOVE LIST REGARDS WAGES WE COUL SAVE ON AND THEN GIVE THOSE WAGES TO REAL BETTER QUALITY PLAYERS!!!

    THAT LIST ABOVE IS COSTING US MORE THEN £410,000 A WEEK NOW THAT IS JUST CRAZY WAGES, ID RATHER GIVE THAT TO A CAVANI, DO YOU SEE HOW BAD WE ARE BEING RUN AS A CLUB?????

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    • Ozred
      2 years ago

      With a mind like that I’m surprised they haven’t offerred you the gig… Move on another 7 blokes from an already shallow squad and replace with one guy who has never performed in the pl…

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    • Bernie
      2 years ago

      I agree Sam – good call .
      More Quality please less rubbish like Allen Borini and Assaidi – 28m worth of crap , We could have 1 top top player for 28m

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  • SAM CHARLES
    2 years ago

    REINA
    JOHNSON SKRTEL AGGER ENRIQUE

    ALONSO LUCUS GERRARD

    C,ERIKSEN

    SUAREZ CAVANI

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    • simon
      2 years ago

      Good team that but ….. come on ,the state we are in Cavani + Eriksson wouldn’t think about joining us

      We need to sell Allen too – he is the worst most negative player i have ever seen in a reds shirt , Also get rid of Downing Sahin Borini Cole Doni and Assaidi

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      • Bernie
        2 years ago

        Yes Allen is dross

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        • Matt P
          2 years ago

          yep ill 2nd that , if we dont drop Allen – we wont get top 10

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  • big B
    2 years ago

    B. Rogers knowledge of the transfer mkt is nothing to write home about, he needs to sort it out.his network of scouts seems limited.

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