Clint Dempsey has 29 goals and nine assists to his name over the last two league campaigns. He has proved to be a hit for more than one season at the highest level for, with all due respect, a mid-table team such as Fulham.
The same could not have been said about Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam or Stewart Downing when they were signed (I am not considering Jordan Henderson because of his age).
Secondly, Dempsey may come to Liverpool for about $11 million, which isn't bad considering that he has presumably at least two years of his rich vein of form left to give to his team. The stumbling block may be the age factor, with Liverpool owners FSG advocating a buy-young policy ever since they bought the club.
At 29, Dempsey will probably be doing his last major transfer. His transfer after this is never going to fetch a great sum.
Will Rodgers be able to convince John Henry for pursuing such a player? The jury is out on that. However, I certainly believe that Dempsey will represent value for money and he has a greater probability of dovetailing with Luis Suarez than Andy Carroll has shown thus far.
The second player, Fabio Borini, is much younger. Borini is 21, but he has minimal experience at the highest level in English football.
Borini did manage to score nine goals for Roma in the Serie A last season, but does that justify the $17 million price tag that Roma have slapped on the player?
The catch here is that Rodgers knows Borini well from his time with the Chelsea reserves. The gaffer is going to be employing his system and he would perfectly know which players he needs.
Last week, Rodgers let Tottenham have Gylfi Sigurdsson as he decided to pass on paying over the odds. Such signals are great for Liverpool. Rodgers has indicated that he will not be held to ransom and neither will Liverpool.
Rodgers obviously will have a price in mind for Borini if he actually is interested. The Liverpool boss will be looking at the market for options and it is quite possible that Dempsey is the other one. This has possible hints that either may be playing at Anfield next season.
If Roma act like Serie A clubs that Liverpool have recently dealt with, and Rodgers shows a similar assured stance, then Borini will most likely not be signed.
If I were Rodgers, however, I would take both at the right price.
The possibility of only one coming does suggest that Liverpool will not be as busy in the transfer market this summer as they should be to achieve fourth. It also disappoints fans and makes them believe that the purse strings have been drawn tight.
Rodgers will definitely improve the side through his coaching. Will it be enough to qualify for the elite European competition without bringing in that quality? I don't think so considering that other teams are also going to be improving.
Additionally, Liverpool have a lot of confidence issues with many of their existing personnel. However, if Rodgers does manage such a feat, it surely will be close to a miracle.
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