Date: 20th December 2011 at 7:00pm
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Andy Carroll has been, and should again be, a top Premier League striker but he’s the wrong man at the wrong time for Liverpool. Gradually Dalglish has found his best starting eleven, a starting eleven that creates the most chances, that apply the most pressure off the ball and that are the most reliable in the back. Carroll is far from the first name on the teamsheet and Liverpool need a no 9 that is the first name on the teamsheet, a footballer on par with the spine of Reina, Lucas, and Gerrard, that will be utilized playing alongside Suarez.

Fans of course enjoy the speculation espoused by nonsense football websites so let’s briefly indulge in one such profligate rumour; la vuelta del niño. The return of the kid. (Probably idle) speculation has recently been conjured up regarding Chelsea’s willingness to let Torres go for as little as £20 million, would Comolli and Dalglish be interested? Torres has shown only fleeting glimpses of what made him a kop hero in a blue shirt but romantics can imagine a resurgence in his once world class form should he return. Form is temporary and class is permanent; and Torres certainly had class, we shall see…

A return is unlikely, and very unlikely in January due to Chelsea losing Drogba and Kalou to the African Cup of Nations, Anelka to Shanghai etc but it would be surprising to see Villa Boas persevere with Torres beyond the summer.

David Villa’s fractured tibia means he won’t be passing any medicals anytime soon and has probably made up the minds of John W Henry and co, if indeed there ever was any real interest for a 30 year old that would most likely cost the best part of £30 million.

It could be argued the club have attacking options aplenty with Suarez, Bellamy, Kuyt, etc but without a 20 plus goal a season striker in the mix it’s always going to feel like we are muddling through. Liverpool need a number 9 that will spell the difference in turning these infuriating home draws into wins and balance the currently warped conversion rate. (The tally for hitting the woodwork this season alone is well into double figures already. (ed- 16 times!)

Liverpools best game of last season was the 2-5 win at Craven Cottage and the football was terrific to watch, it was hard to see how Carroll was going to fit into the rejuvenated side, not to mention his poor form practically rendering Downing redundant.

The squad still needs work, and while January isn’t the best time to do business the summer window will be much more difficult should Liverpool not be playing in the Champions league. Let’s just go for a solid no 9.

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