Although statistics don't always give the best picture of things at hand, here's one that most Liverpool fans may well have to be content with come the January transfer window.
When the flavor of the 2011 season, Robin Van Persie, joined Arsenal from Feyenoord at 21, his record stood at 15 goals from 59 matches for the Eredivisie outfit. Liverpool's apparently most preferable target, Luuk De Jong, at 21 has scored 24 in 56.
Playing for FC Twente, De Jong has become a staple for his team, has been capped six times for his National team and scored one goal. Going by the popular notion, the emerging Dutch star has been monitored numerous times by Liverpool and Damien Comolli.
Even though the Guardian had reported the Reds interest in the player for some time now, the reason I think Liverpool are thought to be a serious contender for the player are manifold.
Firstly, in spite of Liverpool's major reinforcements in the summer transfer window, the Reds have really not been as threatening in the opposition's box as they would like to. Just 21 goals in 18 matches doesn't really look good enough to fire the Reds into the Top four, as their owner John W Henry had earlier earmarked as Liverpool's chief target this season. Thus, a striker who is a good poacher could easily be deemed necessary. De Jong has apparently grabbed a lot of eye-balls with his goal scoring skills.
Secondly, it is only natural to think that Liverpool won't really be splashing out cash in the winter window like they did last time, especially considering the amount they have spent already in the last two transfer windows. Therefore, thinking of a big money signing could be really tough.
It is here that a player like De Jong could come in handy. Whilst already touted as a promising goal scorer in his country, Luuk could cost Liverpool at most £10-12M, a figure which Twente fetched from another Premier League club in the summer from Fulham in exchange for the Costa Rican striker, Bryan Ruiz.
Most matured strikers would cost much more both in wages and transfer fees, which could thus lessen Liverpool's interest in them.
Also, the fact that not too many big teams have so far registered their interest in the Dutch lad could also mean that Liverpool could get him at a bargain.
Thirdly, as well emphasized, Liverpool's latest strategy under the new ownership has been to go for young talents who are promising and could fetch a huge resale value later. De Jong, on evidence of his current form, could well be that.
However, the only fear that could haunt the Reds fans is the fact that even Liverpool's best player on the pitch at the moment, Luis Suarez, has been imported from the same league last winter. But in spite
of the Uruguayan's brilliant goal scoring record at Ajax in the Eredivisie, he has not been able to maintain anything even close to such a spree in the Premier League. The Copa America Player of the Tournament has been a live wire for the Reds and offers much more than just scoring goals.
If Luuk De Jong is bought though, he would have to score at a far higher rate than Suarez to justify the Reds pursuit of the player.
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