We all know that the upcoming January transfer window is going to be an important period for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers.
The club needs to add some more weapons to the sole spearhead of the Liverpool attack and perhaps Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo could provide the perfect foil for the irrepressible Luis Suarez so talkSPORT suggest.
The 29 year old Paraguayan striker is in the middle of contract talks with his current club as he is holding out for a deal that would see him spend the rest of his playing days in Portugal.
However his agent has hinted that Cardozo could be allowed to leave Benfica for a sufficient price and Brendan Rodgers may just fancy taking the striker to Anfield to help with his teams goalscoring woes.
Standing at 6′ 4″ and a powerful left foot, Cardozo has a similar style and frame to that of Liverpool outcast Andy Carroll, but the Paraguayan is almost a completely different player with a phenomenal goalscoring record that is bound to get Rodgers interested. With 141 goals in 226 games for Benfica, Cardozo is clearly a potent goalscorer and has the uncanny ability to combine ferocious power and lethal accuracy when shooting for goal.
The Paraguayan has terrific technique for a big man and is very capable of holding the ball up, linking up with others and striking from distance. He’s a player that could fit very nicely into the English game and could really give Rodgers’ Liverpool that extra threat in the final third.
Suarez has been mainly cast as the focal point of Liverpool’s three pronged attack this season, but if Cardozo were to make the switch to Anfield in January it would Rodgers some more options and variety in attack.
Cardozo could take the main striker role with Suarez supporting from the wide areas or the Paraguayan could simply be used as a replacement for Suarez when a different option is needed.
The two South Americans could certainly form a formidable partnership with Cardozo playing on the edge of the penalty area, back to goal and linking with the likes of Gerrard and Suarez.
That would leave Suarez to perhaps have more freedom up front and allow Liverpool to get the best out of Suarez’s movement and dribbling while always having the threat of Cardozo in and around the box.
It’s certainly a partnership that has the makings to be the next Toshack & Keegan or Rush & Dalglish but Liverpool may need to act quick if they are going to have a chance of signing Cardozo.
If the Paraguayan and Benfica can sort out a deal soon then this potentially potent partnership will remain a fantasy. However as long as the talks go on then Liverpool certainly have the opportunity to make a move.
This is a Liverpool target that is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months, it’s probably a transfer that has more believability than others and Cardozo is definitely a better player than some that have been linked with a move to Anfield.