Liverpool are plotting a January move for Barcelona and Tottenham’s summer target Giuseppe Rossi.
According The Metro, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is willing to take a gamble on the Italian, despite the 25-year-old being out injured until March, as he tries to get to grips with Liverpool’s striker crisis.
However Liverpool desperately need attacking options now, and whilst Rossi’s quality is not in any doubt, his ability to recover from injury in time to make a genuine impact this season very much is.
With Rossi also likely to command a hefty price tag, Rodgers may be restricted in his other purchases this winter, should he capture the New York-born striker. If Rossi fails to recover from his injury in time, or gets injured again before the end of the season, then Rodgers still faces the prospect of a gaping hole in his front line.
Liverpool hope that by making a move earlier than their rivals they will be able to lure the Villarreal striker to Anfield. However with the quality of clubs gearing up for Rossi’s signature in the summer there is no guarantee that the Italian will be rushing into a move to Merseyside.
It is probably more advantageous for Rodgers to focus his attentions elsewhere, and look to bring in two reasonably priced front-men rather than blow his budget on a single striker.
Schalke striker Klaus-Jan Huntelaar and Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge could prove to be cheaper and more viable options for a quick fix solution in January.