Through 21 games of the 2011/12 season, there is little doubt over what Liverpool's biggest problem has been. It's goal scoring. The 18 goals they've given up is good for second best in the league behind only Manchester City, but the 24 goals they've scored places them at 11th among their Premier League rivals.
In late December, The Guardian reported that Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe was growing frustrated at White Hart Lane and was set to request a move in the January transfer window. According to The Daily Mirror, Liverpool are now ready to give him that opportunity by offering Spurs £10 million for the striker.
Defoe is a prototypical goal poacher and very much the kind of player Liverpool could use in the second half of the season. The 29-year-old has scored 48 goals in 105 appearances since returning to the Lilywhites after a one-year spell with Portsmouth in January 2009, with his prolific strike rate of 0.46 goals per game placing him among the Premier League's elite.
While Defoe is perhaps not the ideal option Liverpool fans have in mind, he is cheaper than most and would likely be able to rediscover his finest goal-scoring form with the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard in support.
Defoe could be the key to unlocking Liverpool's sky-high potential.
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